UN: ICC to open Banda's trial 18 November

New York, US (PANA) - The Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday scheduled the opening of the trial of Mr. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain on 18 November 2014, for three charges of war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur, Sudan.

An ICC statement sent to PANA in New York, stated: "On 16 April 2014, Trial Chamber IV had
vacated the date of the opening of the trial in this case, initially scheduled for 5 May 2014, in view of logistical difficulties encountered."

It said that Banda faces three charges of war crimes, comprising violence to life in the form of
murder, whether committed or attempted, intentionally directing attacks against personnel,
installations, material, units or vehicles involved in a peacekeeping mission and pillaging.

It noted that these crimes were allegedly committed in an attack carried out on 29 September
2007, against African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan, at the Haskanita Military Group
Site, in the Umm Kadada locality of North Darfur, Sudan.

The statement, however, said that "Abdallah Banda is not in the Court’s custody as he is
facing trial under a summons to appear."

It also said: "While the case initially involved Mr. Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, Trial
Chamber IV terminated the proceedings against him on 4 October 2013, upon receiving
evidence pointing towards his death."

The situation in Darfur was referred to the ICC by UN Security Council resolution 1593 on
31 March 2005, under article 13(b) of the Rome Statute.
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