Confirmation hearing on Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb to take place on May 24 at the ICC

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The opening of the confirmation of charges hearing in the Abd-Al-Rahman case, commonly known as Ali Kushayb is set to take place on May 24, at the International Criminal Court (ICC). He is the alleged leader of the Militia/Janjaweed.

He was was transferred to the ICC’s custody on 9 June 2020, after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic.

Ali Kushayb faces 53 counts on the basis of his individual criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur, Sudan.

The first arrest warrant against Rahman listed 50 counts of crimes allegedly committed during attacks against civilians on the towns of Kodoom, Bindisi, Mukjar and Arawala in West Darfur, Sudan between August 2003 and March 2004.

They include: 22 counts of crimes against humanity: murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population, imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law, torture, persecution, and inhumane acts of inflicting serious bodily injury and suffering.

He also faces 28 counts of war crimes: violence to life and person, outrage upon personal dignity in particular humiliating and degrading treatment, intentionally directing an attack against a civilian population, pillaging, rape, and destroying or seizing the property.

The second warrant of arrest added three new charges of war crimes (murder) and crimes against humanity (murder and other inhumane acts) allegedly committed in Deleig and surrounding areas between on or about 5 to 7 March 2004.

Ali Kushayb was a senior Janjaweed commander who supported the Sudanese government against Darfur rebel groups during the Omar al-Bashir presidency.

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