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Janjaweed war crimes suspect denies charges

Janjaweed war crimes suspect denies charges

A man accused of leading Sudan's feared Janjaweed militia pleaded not guilty to dozens of war crimes charges on Tuesday, at the start of the International Criminal Court's first trial over the Darfur conflict. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman is charged with overseeing thousands of pro-government Janjaweed fighters during the peak of fighting from 2003 to 2004 and being responsible for atrocities including murder, rape, pillaging and torture. "I am innocent of all of these charges," the septuagenarian told judges after the charges were read out at the start of his case. Abd-Al-Rahman voluntarily surrendered to The Hague-based court in June…
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First ICC trial addressing Darfur war crimes to open

First ICC trial addressing Darfur war crimes to open

STEPHANIE VAN DEN BERG THE first trial addressing atrocities in Darfur opens at the International Criminal Court, nearly 20 years after the Sudanese region was racked by widespread violence that left hundreds of thousands dead. Suspected former Janjaweed militia leader Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman faces 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including persecution, murder, rape and torture. "(Tuesday) is a momentous day for victims and survivors in Darfur who never stopped fighting to see the day the cycle of impunity is broken," Sudanese human rights lawyer Mossaad Mohamed Ali of the African Centre for Justice and Peace…
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First trial for Darfur war crimes

First trial for Darfur war crimes

JUDGES at the International Criminal Court have ruled that a Sudanese suspect can be charged with 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity and have ordered the first trial at the tribunal linked to bloodshed in Sudan's Darfur region. In a decision published yesterday, judges said Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman would face 31 counts including persecution, murder, rape and torture. Prosecutors accuse Abd-Al-Rahman, who they say also went by the name of Ali Kushayb, of being a senior commander of thousands of pro-government "Janjaweed" fighters during the height of the Darfur conflict between 2003 and 2004. "The trial…
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Darfur: Amal Clooney calls for more charges

Darfur: Amal Clooney calls for more charges

TOBY STERLING HUMAN rights lawyer Amal Clooney has argued that prosecutors should consider additional charges of sexual violence for a man accused of atrocities including rape, torture and murder during the 2003-2004 conflict in Darfur. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is holding hearings on whether to confirm 31 charges against Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, who prosecutors say was responsible for atrocities as senior leader of thousands of pro-government "Janjaweed" fighters in Sudan. On Monday, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said evidence showed Abd-Al-Rahman was a commander known as Ali Kushayb who led attacks on villages and was implicated in more than 300…
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Darfur’s 1st war crimes case

Darfur’s 1st war crimes case

STEPHEN VAN DEN BERG PROSECUTORS have accused a man of being a "feared and revered" militia leader behind a campaign of deadly raids in Sudan's Darfur conflict, in the build-up to the International Criminal Court's (ICC) first trial linked to the violence. The war crimes prosecutors said Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman was also known as Ali Kushayb, a senior commander of thousands of pro-government "Janjaweed" fighters during the height of the conflict between 2003 and 2004. Abd-Al-Rahman, wearing a face mask and a dark suit, did not speak as a court officer read out 31 charges against him including persecution,…
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