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[Dehai-WN] ICC-cpi.int: The ICC issues a warrant of arrest for the Sudanese Minister Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein

From: Berhane Habtemariam <Berhane.Habtemariam_at_gmx.de_at_dehai.org>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2012 23:45:24 +0100

The ICC issues a warrant of arrest for the Sudanese Minister Abdel Raheem
Muhammad Hussein



Situation: Darfur, Sudan
Case: The Prosecutor v. Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein

On 1 March 2012, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court
(ICC) issued a warrant of arrest against Mr Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein
("Hussein") for 41 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes
allegedly committed in the context of the situation in Darfur (Sudan). Mr
Hussein is currently Minister of National Defence of the Sudanese Government
and former Minister of the Interior and former Sudanese President's Special
Representative inDarfur.

The Chamber considers that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr
Hussein is criminally responsible for 20 counts of crimes against humanity
(persecution, murder, forcible transfer, rape, inhumane acts, imprisonment
or severe deprivation of liberty and torture) and 21 counts of war crimes
(murder, attacks against civilian population, destruction of property, rape,
pillaging and outrage upon personal dignity). These crimes were allegedly
committed against the primarily Fur populations of the towns of Kodoom,
Bindisi, Mukjar, Arawala and surrounding areas by the Sudanese armed forces
and the Militia/Janjaweed in the context of a counter-insurgency campaign
against the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A), the Justice and
Equality Movement (JEM) and other groups opposing the Government. The plan
of the counter-insurgency campaign was allegedly formulated at the highest
levels of the Government of the Republic of the Sudan and had allegedly as a
core component an unlawful attack on that part of the civilian population
perceived by the Government as being close to the rebel groups.

The Chamber considers that in his role as Minister of the Interior and
Special Representative of the President in Darfur and as an influential
member of the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, Mr Hussein made
essential contributions to the formulation and implementation of the common
plan, inter alia, through his overall coordination of national, state and
local security entities and through the recruitment, arming and funding of
the police forces and the Militia/Janjaweed in Darfur. Furthermore the
Chamber considers that his arrest appears to be necessary to ensure his
appearance at trial and to ensure that he will not obstruct or endanger the

The situation in Darfur was referred to the ICC by United Nations Security
Council resolution 1593 on 31 March 2005, under article 13(b) of the Rome

al%20chamber%20i/2?lan=en-GB> Warrant of arrest

=en-GB> Public redacted version of "Decision on the Prosecutor's application
under article 58 relating to Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein"

Case Information Sheet


For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and
Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at:
+31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at:
<mailto:fadi.el-abdallah_at_icc-cpi.int> fadi.el-abdallah_at_icc-cpi.int.


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