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Thursday, March 08, 2012

ICC ordered Darfur rebels to stand trial over peacekeeper killings
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On March 8, 2011, the International Criminal Court (ICC) ordered two Darfur rebel commanders to stand trial over their suspected connection to the Haskanita raids on African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops that left 12 dead in 2007. The two rebel commanders, Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, had agreed to not contest the war crimes charges at a previous hearing in October 2010. The chief prosecutor for the ICC indicated that the prosecution of the two men was a substantial step in the ICC's ability to prosecute all suspects found in connection with this attack. Another rebel leader, Bahar Idriss Abu Garda, was previously charged in connection with the same raids in May 2009. However, those charges were ultimately dropped due to lack of evidence in February 2010.

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