April 26, 2018

ICC judges do not confirm charges against Darfur rebel Abu Garda

The decision on the confirmation of charges (this is the “substantial grounds to believe” stage) in the ICC Prosecutor’s case against Darfuri rebel leader Abu Garda has just been released. The Prosecution was charging Abu Garda with three counts of war crimes related to the 2007 attack on the AMIS peacekeeping base at Haskanita. The decision is 103 pages long and I’m about to read it, so can’t give you the reasoning yet – but bottom line, Pre-Trial Chamber I has declined to confirm the charges on the evidence presently before it.

Will post an update once I have churned through the decision . . .

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