ICC commits Sudanese to trial

New York, US (PANA) - The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed the charges of war crimes brought by its prosecutor against two Sudanese, Abdallah Banda and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo, and committed them to trial.

"In accordance with Article 61 of the Rome Statute, Pre-Trial Chamber
found substantial grounds to believe that Abdallah Banda and Saleh Jerbo
are criminally responsible as co-perpetrators within the meaning of Article
25(3)(a) of the Statute, for three war crimes," it said in a statement on
Tuesday.

The statement, which was made available to PANA in New York, listed the crimes to include 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.

It said the crimes were allegedly committed during an attack led
by Banda and Jerbo and other commanders and directed against the
compound of the African Union Mission in Sudan at Haskanita on 29 September 2007.

"The Chamber 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," it stated.

The ICC said the Pre-Trial Chamber therefore committed the accused
to trial before a Trial Chamber, whose bench will be announced shortly
by the Presidency of the Court.

On 17 June 2010, Abdallah Jerbo and Saleh Banda appeared voluntarily before the ICC in compliance with summonses to appear issued by its prosecutor.

The case is the fourth in the situation in Darfur.

The others are the Prosecutor v. Ahmad Harun and Ali Kushayb; the
Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir; and the Prosecutor v. Bahar
Idriss Abu Garda.
  
The situation in the war-torn Sudanese Darfur region was referred to the ICC by UN Security Council under resolution 1593 on 31 March 2005, under Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute.
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08 march 2011 20:10:44




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