Arrest warrant for Sudanese Minister: Judges on Thursday issued an international arrest warrant for Sudanese Defence Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein for crimes against humanity and crimes of war allegedly committed in Darfur between 2003 and 2004. According to the judges, there were reasonable grounds to believe that Hussein, who was Interior Minister and Special Representative of the President in the western troubled region at the time, was criminally responsible for persecution, murders, rape, inhumane acts and attacks against civilian population, among others. This case is the ICC's fourth case in Darfur. ICC judges have already issued arrest warrants against Sudanese President al-Bashir, former Interior Minister Ahmed Harun and Militia leader Ali Kusheyb. None of them has been arrested yet.
Delivery of judgment for Lubanga announced: On Wednesday it was announced that delivery of judgment in the case of Thomas Lubanga would be on March 14. The former Congolese rebel leader is accused of having committed, as a co-perpetrator, war crimes for recruiting children under the age of 15 years into the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of the Congo (FPLC), and using them to participate actively in hostilities in Ituri, a district of the eastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, between September 2002 and August 2003.
American, Gambian appointed President and Prosecutor for Residual Mechanism: The United Nations Wednesday appointed American Judge Theodor Meron and Gambian Hassan Bubacar Jallow, respectively as President and Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals for a term of four years effective from March 1, 2012. Judge Meron will continue serving as President of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) while working as the President of the Mechanism, whereas Jallow goes on serving as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) as well.
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