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ICC trial for Darfur rebel to start next week


October 10, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The International Criminal Court (ICC) will start the confirmation of charges hearings for a Darfur rebel chief accused of masterminding a raid on African Union (AU) peacekeepers in 2007.

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A solicitor looks on as the Darfur rebel chief Bahr Idriss Abu Garda (R) appears before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on May 18, 2009. (AFP)

The hearings were originally set to start on Monday October 12th, but were delayed by a week in order to afford the prosecution additional time to provide to the defense Arabic translations of witnesses’ testimonies.

The ICC website says that the “confirmation hearing is held to ensure that no case goes to trial unless there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed the crime with which he has been charged”.

Bahr Idriss Abu Garda the leader of the Darfur United Resistance Front (URF) appeared voluntarily before an ICC judge last May in a procedural hearing.

The ICC judges issued a sealed summons to appear for Abu Garda, as an alternative to an arrest warrant after he agreed to appear voluntarily before the court.

Abu Garda said he is confident of his innocence and called on other suspects including Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir to follow path to clear their names.

The ICC prosecutors charged Abu Garda and other unnamed rebel commanders with leading an attack on African Union (AU) peacekeepers that left 12 soldiers dead and wounded eight others according to court documents.

The counts include war crimes of violence to life, intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in a peacekeeping mission and pillaging.

The ICC judges have still not made any decision on the other suspected rebels.

Sudan has dismissed the appearance of Abu Garda describing it as a “play” by the ICC prosecutor to pressure Bashir, also wanted by the court, into surrendering himself.


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  • 11 October 2009 08:55, by murlescrewed

    You got to admire this rebel commander. He willingly went to The Hague to face his accusers. That is the real measure of a man. He is not hiding behind his borders like the spineless Al-Bashir and his minions Haroun and Kushayb. Justice will always prevail in the end.

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    • 11 October 2009 12:40, by Deng Yak L

      ICC is not doing its works how it came to stick on innoceant person and you don’t want to finalize the case of evil (Bishar) this is really criminal but leave that rebel leader alone , he was not the who killed African Union and Peace keeping Force but Al-Bishar sent his soldiers to attack UN peace keeping force and Africa Union, it was Bishar who committed this crimes not rebel leader. If you are really Judgers you adds it to Bishar Crimes.

      Darfur Rebel leader is innocent that is why he went alone to the Hangue , but look at criminal Al-Bishar he known what he has committed that is why he is not willing to go , please take away Bishar and leave alone that man, there are many thing Bishar has committed by using the names of others leaders, he was the one who killed his supporters Camcadin and Zeberi, he ordered soldiers to bring down an airplane which Cam-cadin was flgying later he said that, the plane crashed alon, likwise to the airplane which killed Zebari it was his plann. so please take care of Bishar he is International Criminal


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      • 11 October 2009 12:55, by DASODIKO

        Come out of your ditch the rat Bashir; the Jalai who eats fire in cold weathers. This time is grey my friend.Only on Sudan TV you can talk about your tribe bravery, but practically you and your tribe are zero on the eyes of the Sudanese. Do you Know why? Because if you were belonging to my African tribe, our cheif would have caught Bashir and handed him down to ICC long ago for just to clean the name of our tribe from yourlikes.

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        • 11 October 2009 20:12, by sunny

          luis should not victimizes this innocent rebel leader who is advocating for justice, equality and equity to prevail in his home town. Bashire should know that, the sun will one day rotate around the fire on his world, if this innocent man is sentenced for his fault.

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  • 11 October 2009 21:42, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    God be with ICC UNSC for protecting victims of genocide. Bashir must also appear before ICC court.

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    • 13 October 2009 07:33, by Thon

      By Thon5.
      You are the right sudanese political figure to face justice God be with you but my question why? don’t the most wanted man of Ncp El Bashier who is carry the sudanese law at his hand fail to face justice in the hague for justification.

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  • 13 October 2009 10:13, by Amule

    IS the so-called Al-Bashir in Khartoum or he is with his partners the Arab Countries?

    Is the ICC unable to take Al-Bahiri for trial for the crimes he has commited in Darfur and Southern Sudan.
    We now rely on ICC for Sudan to have a better future if Bashiri is put on trial and decisions taken immediately as of late Sadam Hussen.
    The more ICC delays to take Bashiri the more he commits crimes in Darfur and more preparing to interpret with the CPA protocals not following them well such the boarder issues still outstanding, 2010 elections on who to vote, the 2011 referedume still not certainity on it if Bashiri is still not taken for trails.

    ICC should decide so first that he is put on trial before is late for another war to broke out in the South Sudan.That would be great for the people of Sudan. But he left till 2011 then all sudanese should know that the wrtings in the Bible is true that God will punish Sudan so Bashiri is been use to finish all Sudanese messes.

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    • 13 October 2009 14:50, by mamer kuot

      i agree with you.
      why icc fails to take sudan president to court for crime against humanity,rather than taking these innocent rebel commanders who fighting for their rights in Darfur sudan.
      i condenm that decision taken by icc.

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