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Darfur rebel leader to appear voluntarily before the International Criminal Court

Abu Garda

Abu Garda

The BBC is reporting:

Bahr Idriss Abu Garda is charged with taking part in an attack in north Darfur in 2007, during which 12 African Union (AU) peacekeepers were killed.

Mr Abu Garda is the first Darfur rebel to have voluntarily answered a summons from the ICC, the court said.

The former senior member of the Jem rebel group denies any involvement.

“I will go, no problem. I know I was not involved,” Mr Abu Garda, who now heads the United Resistance Movement (URF) rebel group, was quoted as saying by Reuters.

The BBC explains:

Mr Abu Garda was due to appear for an initial hearing on Monday afternoon, the ICC said in a statement.

It said he was charged with three war crimes allegedly committed during the attack at the Haskanita AU camp in September 2007.

No arrest warrant was issued as Mr Abu Garda had shown a willingness to appear before the ICC, prosecutors said.

Jem (Justice and Equality Movement) said that they had helped collect the evidence against Mr Abu Garda

This is a very positive development and speaks well for increasing preceptions of legitimacy of the ICC.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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