17 June 2010

Sudan: Rebel Leaders Surrender to War Crimes Court

Two Sudan rebel leaders have surrendered to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. They are likely to be charged today with war crimes in connection with the killing of 12 African Union peacekeepers.

Two Sudan rebel leaders, Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, are expected to appear in court on Thursday after voluntarily surrendering to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday.

The men face several counts of war crimes allegedly committed in an attack on the Haskanita military base in north Darfur on September 29, 2007, that killed 12 peacekeepers with the African Union Mission in Sudan (Amis).

Fighters of the Sudanese Liberation Army-Unity under the command of Jerbo and splinter forces of the Justice and Equality Movement led by Banda allegedly carried out the attack.

A pretrial chamber had found reasonable grounds to believe that Banda and Jerbo were criminally responsible for murder, an intentional attack on peacekeepers, and pillaging, a court statement said.

"This is the culmination of months of efforts to secure the cooperation of Mr Banda and Mr Jerbo," ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a separate statement.

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