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ICC judges set May 2014 as trial date for two Darfur rebel commanders

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March 6, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have decided that the trial for two Darfur rebel commanders accused of killing African peacekeepers will commence in May 2014.

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Karim Khan (L), the lawyer for Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain (C), and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus (R), both suspected of having committed war crimes in Darfur, speak at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on 17 June 2010 (Photo: Reuters)

Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus each face three counts of violence to life in the form of murder, war crimes of attacking a peacekeeping mission and pillaging.

The two men allegedly commanded a 1,000-strong rebel force in the September 2007 attack, on the African Mission in Sudan (AMIS) base in Haskanita in North Darfur. They looted the camp of 17 vehicles, refrigerators, computers, mobile phones, ammunition and money.

Bahr Idriss Abu Garda, a third rebel commander, was cleared by the court from involvement in the massive attack which drew international condemnation.

Banda and Jerbo have not denied their role but contend that the AMIS base was a legitimate military target and as such the trial will be dedicated to arguing this issue before the judges.

The pair appeared voluntarily at the Hague-based court in June 2010 after a summons to appear was issued for them.

Even though the confirmation of charges hearing was concluded quickly in March 2011 the trial has yet to start as the ICC registry had trouble recruiting and training interpreters who spoke the Zaghawa language, which is spoken by the defendants.

Furthermore, the defense filed motions seeking to have the judges compel Khartoum to allow it to carry investigations in Darfur.

The judges reminded Banda and Jerbo to comply with conditions of their summons and also ordered the registry to coordinate with the Dutch government in transporting them when it is time for trial.

The ICC is investigating both sides of the Darfur conflict. Four others remain wanted for war crimes in Darfur: Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, South Kordofan governor Ahmad Haroun, pro-government Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb and Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir, whom prosecutors accuse of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.

Sudan refuses to recognise the jurisdiction of the court calling it a neo-colonial plot aimed at overthrowing the regime.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 1593 in March 2005 which referred the situation in Darfur to the ICC for investigations.

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  • 7 March 2013 09:38, by Lomiji

    ICC is a congregation of layers who aim at suing soft targets leaving the most wanted at large ! What has ICC done to vampires and fugitives like President Bashir of the Sudan and Koney of LRA-Uganda ? Where are those Western Criminals ? ICC ! when will you stop fishing smaller fish ? If you don’t, very soon Africa will sue you !

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  • 7 March 2013 09:44, by Panthou

    ICC, is already expired! Only God now!

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  • 7 March 2013 10:03, by ForAll

    Attack, on the African Mission in Sudan (AMIS) MUST first be condmned by AU and then by ICJ of UN.
    The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) are money collecters who hate the BLACK AFRICANS and third world peoples.

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  • 7 March 2013 10:13, by siddaw

    Huh! So ICC do still have guts to touch the issues facing Sudan? Why are they not taking Omar if they want to restore justice in Africa?

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    • 7 March 2013 14:04, by Peacocktail

      The Commanders shows to the World and ICC body that Problem in Darfur is President Omar Bashir and Def Minister( they are roaming criminal. they have complicate Sudanese lives. killing, murdering and rape. Bravo Commanders for being honest and aspiration of Sudanese people not darfurians. If you could have not report voluntarily. God Bless you with ICC Judges, justice is superior for all.

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      • 7 March 2013 14:46, by ForAll

        ICC court is ’pro-western, anti-African’
        ICC court is ’pro-western, anti-African’
        ICC court is ’pro-western, anti-African’

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  • 7 March 2013 11:36, by New Government

    I agree with you guys why ICC leave Bashir?

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  • 7 March 2013 12:42, by ForAll

    Fatou Bensouda,my beautiful African sister the new Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court(ICC).
    PLS...and PLS stand side by side with your degraded African-Darfurian brothers

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    • 8 March 2013 16:54, by jwok

      HAHAHAHAHAH
      very funny
      War Criminals who do you think will stand by your side
      forget
      soon ICC will capture you

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