The Hague, December 2, 2011 (FH) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Friday requested the judges to issue an arrest warrant against Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, currently Sudanese Defence minister, for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur from August 2003 to March 2004.

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According to Luis Moreno Ocampo, Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, then Minister for the Interior and Special representative of the President in Darfur, allegedly "played a central role in coordinating the crimes, including in recruiting, mobilizing, funding, arming, training and the deployment of the Militia Janjaweed as part of the Government of the Sudan forces, with the knowledge that these forces would commit the crimes".

He added that the attacks were conducted in the towns and villages of Kodoom,  Bindisi, Mukjar, Arawala, Wadi Salih and Mukjar (West Darfur). The attacks were coordinated by local security committees and ultimately reported to Mr Hussein. "The evidence shows that this was a state policy supervised by M. Hussein to ensure the coordination of attacks against civilians", said Moreno Ocampo.  

The Prosecutor stated in a Press release that he had decided to "publicly seek the arrest warrant to encourage further public focus on government of the Sudan policy and actions and promote cooperation in taking action to arrest Mr Hussein and the three other individuals subject to ICC warrants", namely President Omar al-Bashir, Minister of Humanitairne Affairs Ahmed Harun, and Ali Kushayb, leader of the Janjaweed militia.   


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