ICC terminates case against Sudanese

New York, US (PANA) -  The Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday terminated its case against Saleh Mohammed Jerbo, a Sudanese, who was facing charges of alleged war crimes committed in Sudan's Darfur region.

PANA recalled that Mr. Jerbo was charged by the Court with another Sudanese, Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain, for the war crimes.

In a statement, sent to PANA in New York, the ICC stated: "The Chamber highlighted that, despite the absence of an official death certificate, the evidence it received pointed towards the death of Mr. Jerbo on 19 April, 2013".

It, however, noted that the proceedings against Abdallah Banda will continue and the trial is scheduled to start on 5 May, 2014.

It said: "The Chamber recalled that the purpose of criminal proceedings is to determine individual criminal responsibility and that, in the present circumstances, it is appropriate to terminate the case against Mr. Jerbo without prejudice to resume such proceedings should information become available that he is alive.>

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

The Pre-Trial Chamber I found substantial grounds to believe that the two Sudanese are criminally responsible as co-perpetrators for three war crimes.

They are 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 Saleh Jerbo and other commanders and directed against the compound of the African Union Mission in Sudan at Haskanita on the evening of 29 September, 2007.

The Chamber also added that it 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 UN which were entitled to the protection afforded to civilians and civilian objects.

The situation in Darfur was referred to the ICC by the UN Security Council resolution 1593 on 31 March, 2005, under article 13(b) of the Rome Statute.
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04 october 2013 17:23:51

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