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Two Darfur rebel leaders to be tried at ICC

Reuters/Jerry Lampen

The International Criminal Court said Tuesday that it would try two rebel leaders from Darfur for the deaths of 12 African peacekeepers in 2007. The court said in a statement that it had enough evidence to try Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus for war crimes.


The ICC said that judges "found substantial grounds to believe that Abdallah Banda and Saleh Jerbo are criminally responsible as co-perpetrators... for three war crimes”.

Charges against the two men have been drafted by chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

They are accused of leading an attack by hundreds of rebels in September 2007 on an African Union camp in Haskanita, south Darfur, in which 12 peacekeepers were killed. Charges include murder and pillage.

The two men voluntarily surrendered to the court in June of last year, after an arrest warrant was issued in 2009. They are now in Darfur awaiting trial, a date for which has not yet been set.

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