Tuesday, March 08, 2011

ICC judges send Darfur rebel case to trial, issue summonses for Kenya suspects

In a series of decisions made public today, ICC pre-trial judges approved a Darfur case for trial and issued summonses to appear for six individuals suspected of post-election atrocities in Kenya.

In the first, issued yesterday in the Darfur situation, Pre-Trial Chamber I ruled that there is sufficient evidence for Abdallah Banda and Saleh Jerbo to be tried for war crimes, including violence to life, attacking a peacekeeping mission and pillaging, resulting from an attack on an African Union mission in Haskanita, Sudan.

Today, Pre-Trial Chamber II issued two decisions in the Kenya situation:

- Decision on the Prosecutor's Application for Summonses to Appear for Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mohammed Hussein Ali

- Decision on the Prosecutor's Application for Summons to Appear for William Samoei Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey and Joshua Arap Sang

These two decisions relate to alleged atrocities committed in 2007 post-election violence in Kenya. The summonses request the appearance of the suspects on April 7 and include alleged charges. The Prosecutor had requested summonses to appear in place of arrest warrants because he believed the suspects would appear voluntarily.

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