ICC indicts Sudanese minister

2nd December 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Luis Moreno Ocampo, has asked the court’s judges to issue a warrant for the arrest of Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, the Sudanese Minister of Defence.

Moreno Ocampo accuses the minister of crimes against humanity and war crimes from August 2003 until March 2004 in the West Sudanese region Darfur. The ICC already issued an arrest warrant against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in March 2009 following atrocities in the region.

Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein was foreign minister in 2003. President Bashir had charged him with control of Darfur. Two of his members of staff, Ahmed Harun and Ali Kushayb, have been sought by the ICC since April 2007.

The war in Darfur flared up in 2003, when Arab gangs and militias killed and drove away the local population together with government forces. An estimated 300,000 people were killed and more than 2.5 million displaced. The Sudanese government dismissed the figures.  

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