UN: ICC postpones Darfur crimes trial

New York,US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday decided to vacate the date of 5 May 2014, initially scheduled for the opening of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain, on alleged war crimes committed in Sudan's Darfur region.

An ICC statement sent to PANA in New York stated that the trial was postponed in view of logistic difficulties encountered.

It said that the Chamber will decide in due course on the further steps to take, after receiving additional submissions of the ICC’s Prosecution and Registry, no later than 6 May 2014.

PANA recalled that on 7 March 2011, ICC's Pre-Trial Chamber I unanimously decided to confirm the charges of war crimes brought by the ICC’s Prosecutor against Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain.

The Pre-Trial Chamber I said it found substantial grounds to believe that Abdallah Banda was criminally responsible as a co-perpetrator for three war crimes: The crimes comprises 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.

These crimes were allegedly committed during an attack led by Abdallah Banda and other commanders and directed against the compound of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) at Haskanita on the evening of 29 September 2007.

The Chamber also found substantial grounds to believe that the attack was directed to personnel, installations, material, units and vehicles involved in a peacekeeping mission in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations which were entitled to the protection afforded to civilians and civilian objects.

The situation in Darfur was referred to the ICC by UN Nations Security Council resolution 1593 on 31 March 2005, under article 13(b) of the Rome Statute.
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16 april 2014 22:59:38




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