A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

ICC orders Darfur rebels to stand trial over peacekeeper killings

The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday ordered two Darfur [JURIST news archive] rebel leaders to stand trial [press release] for war crimes. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain (Banda) and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus (Jerbo) are suspected in connection with the September 2007 attack on African Union (AU) [official website] peacekeeping troops at Haskanita [BBC backgrounder], which resulted in the death of 12 peacekeepers. They are charged with three war crimes: violence to life and attempted violence to life; intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units and vehicles involved in a peacekeeping mission; and pillaging. The men surrendered to the ICC in June and agreed not to contest the charges [JURIST reports] at a confirmation of charges hearing.

This will be the ICC's first trial for crimes committed in the Sudan's Darfur region. A third rebel leader, Bahar Idriss Abu Garda, was charged by the ICC earlier this year [case materials] in connection with the attack, but the charges were dropped [JURIST report] due to lack of evidence. Two other suspects, Ahmad Harun and Ali Kushayb, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [JURIST news archive], remain at large. Bashir was charged with genocide [JURIST report] in July.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.