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ICC prosecutor requests arrest warrant for Sudan’s defense minister

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December 02, 2011 (NAIROBI) – The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, has asked the court’s judges to issue a warrant of arrest for Sudan’s defense minister Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein.

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Sudan’s defense minister, Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein (Photo: Reuters)

In a statement issued on Friday, Ocamp’s office said Hussein was suspected of committing “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” in the country’s western region of Darfur.

If the judges agree to Ocampo’s request, Hussien will be the fourth Sudanese official to be indicted by the Hague-based court in connection to Darfur conflict.

The ICC has already issued arrest warrants for the governor of Sudan’s border state of South Kordofan and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushib.

But the most high-profile suspect is Sudan’s president Omer Al-Bashir who is accused by the ICC of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur.

Hussein is one of the closest aides of Sudan’s president Al-Bashir and has shuttled between several powerful positions since Al-Bashir took power in an Islamist-backed military coup in 1989.

He was serving as minister of interior during the zenith of Darfur’s conflict in 2003-2004. Hussein was appointed to his current position in September 2005.

The prosecutor’s statement said that Hussein and Haroun acting as his right-hand man at the time “played a central role in coordinating the crimes, including in recruiting, mobilizing, funding, arming, training and the deployment of the Militia/Janjaweed as part of the Government of the Sudan forces, with the knowledge that these forces would commit the crimes.”

Sudan has refused to hand over any suspect to the ICC and designates the court as a Western conspiracy.

The Darfur conflict erupted in 2003 after ethnic rebels took up arms against the government.

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  • 2 December 2011 14:58, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    That is good news to the victim of crimes God is greet, the ICC should also issue arrest warrant for south sudan nassire ganagster ring leader Riek machar teny as he ale=ready admmited his crimes against Dinkas during the war time untill now.

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  • 2 December 2011 15:00, by Abyei Soil

    Since March 2009 arrest warrant issued for Al- Bashir, did ICC show their feathers to Bashir? He fly over them many time and nothing was done. Issues them upto 80 arrest warrants, they know how to dodge you. You’re joking with Bashir and his associates.

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    • 3 December 2011 05:05, by SSLA/M Supporter

      The so-called western human right organisations such as ICC, UNSC, Amnesty international etc. are big clowns and double-dealers, and are simply designed to further the hidden agendas of Western world in our third world countries! Those hypocrite organisations operating in the third world countries aren’t there to deliver justice to people of those they pretend to protect and their true colour...

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      • 3 December 2011 05:10, by SSLA/M Supporter

        has become obvious during the Libyan conflict where hundreds of thousands of innocent Supporters of Colonel Gadhafi were slaughtered by NATO and NTC terrorist organisations and tens of thousands of African migrant workers are still being detained and subjected to torture and all kinds of human right abuses in the pretext that they are mercenaries who fought alongside colonel Gadhafi’s troops...

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        • 3 December 2011 05:15, by SSLA/M Supporter

          without any condemnation whatsoever from those hypocrite western intelligent agents operating in the pretext of human right protection in the third world, simply because it was NATO that did the killing and thus it doesn’t matter to them ! And who didn’t watch that inhumane execution of Gadhafi and his son Motatsim by the terrorists of the NTC?

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          • 3 December 2011 05:22, by SSLA/M Supporter

            Recently, the Libya NTC refused to handover Gadhafi’s Son Saif al Islam Gadhafi to the so-called ICC and that idiot Brazilian called Luis Ocampo travelled up to Libya in order to secure his handover but he failed!

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            • 3 December 2011 05:29, by SSLA/M Supporter

              Now ICC want to indict the former Ivory coast President Lawrence Bagboy and now the Sudanese Minster for defence as the ICC campaign to eliminate all the third world leaders who aren’t submissive enough to Western World power, I really love the way Syria and Iran are challenging them!

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              • 3 December 2011 05:40, by SSLA/M Supporter

                I meant lawrence Gbagbo the former president of Ivory Coast!

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  • 2 December 2011 15:05, by Dr.Feel Good

    Hahahahahah....They will see with their barbaric heads that time for them has arrived and it can not be changed.

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    • 2 December 2011 15:19, by pabaak

      Definitely, defense mister and president are one who instructed scratch earth policies in Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Abyei, he has to faced his deeds at Huge. using chemical, biological weapons, and all types of banned weapons is not easy to go away with it without charges.

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  • 2 December 2011 16:03, by Sundayw

    The whole NIF/NCP regime is criminal. They have sanctioned the actions of their army from top to bottom. They don’t know the rules of conflict and Geneva conventions. Did it surprise you that SPLA returned their PoWs while not a single captured SPLA soldier was ever returned? They use rape and food as weapon. No believe system would tolerate this behavior!

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  • 2 December 2011 16:32, by lola

    I agree with the approach of the International Criminal Court, no one should go unpunished.
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  • 2 December 2011 18:35, by Wetdut

    I agree with fifth move by the ICC prosecutor and the judges but implementation to arrest five Sudans’ NCP criminals remains a silent affiliction although you issued thousands of the arrest warrant they will keep neglecting the decision by the Hague based court. Bashirs’ speech in Khartoum, Sudan said a cat from his Country will not go the Hague based Court.

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  • 2 December 2011 20:10, by Bush

    The all of the regime are criminals and we want even there dead bodies to be taken to the Hague to answer questions about what they did when there were a live. The regime and the religion of hatred, lies, terror and violence against the African tribes should not be tolerated.

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  • 3 December 2011 01:54, by Elijah B. Elkan

    These sick bustards in the north Sudan are nothing but inbred idiots. If they are not arrested they will always know they are criminals thugs. These animal don’t deserved respect, because they are freak-en paranoid, delusional and Bashir belongs in Jail.

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    • 3 December 2011 04:14, by Sam.Eto

      Whos an inbred idiot you primitive excuse of a human. Half your country still living in the stone age - naked and washing their hear with cow urine. You can buy and educated southern girl for 10 cows. Uneducated - just a chicken ?

      The ICC might as well charge the whole country, because we will ALL stand together because of faith. You Satan lovers will fry in hell when the time comes.

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      • 3 December 2011 23:06, by Kur Alier

        @ eto,what faith are you talking about? that faith of praying on Fridays then stealing on Saturdays. you guys are disgrace to Islam and the entire Muslim community should declare FATWA against you. you still follow your great granny’s dirty policies. this is 21st Century for God sake.
        by the way many Garang like brains are here to teach you how to deal with southerners of the 21st Century

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    • 3 December 2011 04:19, by SSLA/M Supporter

      Elkan!!

      I thought you you Dinkas are tolerant and Nuers are violent! Then, what happened to your own rhetoric as you are swearing at people of Republic of Sudan, is that not violent attitude in your world? And if its good for people to be indicted by ICC why are you not advocating for the indictment of SPLA/M war criminals for their atrocities committed during their wasted 21 year war in RoSS?

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      • 3 December 2011 07:24, by Sir. Nostalgic

        These Stupid Arab are going to die all, the whole country senior leaders are indicted. What a shame on Khartoum at this moment. I hope Bashir stop travelling now and the rest are not going to do so. Ohh! Sudan is at doom!

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