List of those wanted or before the ICC for Darfur
The request for an arrest warrant against Sudanese Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein on Friday brings to six the number of suspects wanted, or who have appeared before the International Criminal Court in connection with killings in Darfur. Herewith a list of the suspects:
- President Omar al-Bashir, 67: The ICC has issued two warrants for his arrest, the first being on March 4, 2009, for crimes against humanity and war crimes. On July 12 last year, a second warrant was issued on three most serious charges of genocide, with the court saying there were reasonable grounds to suspect Bashir "acted with specific intent to destroy in part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa", the main ethnic groups in Darfur, where civil war broke out in 2003.
- Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein: Khartoum's former interior minister is accused of masterminding attacks on civilian villages in Darfur between August 2003 and March 2004. "The evidence allowed the prosecutor to conclude that Mr Hussein is one of those who bear the greatest criminal responsibility" in Darfur, ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said when asking judges Friday to issue a warrant for his arrest.
- Ahmad Harun, 47: An ICC arrest warrant was issued against Hussein's former deputy and Darfur security chief in February 2007. Wanted on 22 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Harun is accused of helping to recruit, fund, direct and encourage attacks on Darfur's civilians by using the Sudanese armed forces and the Janjaweed militia between 2003 and 2005.
- Ali Kushayb, aged around 54: Also known as Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, the Janjaweed militia commander has a warrant for crimes against humanity and war crimes issued against him on the same file as Harun. With thousands of militia under his command, Kushayb is alleged to have been the mediator between the Janjaweed and Khartoum and to have personally led several attacks.
- Abdallah Banda, around 48 and Saleh Jerbo, 34: The two rebel commanders are accused of having led an attack on an African Union peacekeeping mission based at Haskanita in northern Darfur on September 27, 2007 in which 12 died.
Currently free, a date for their war crimes trial is expected to be announced soon. They were not subject to arrest warrants, but summonses for them to appear before the court were issued on August 27, 2008.
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