Sudan Defence Minister Faces Arrest Over War Crimes


erectile geneva; font-size: small;”>The heinous crimes were allegedly committed by Raheem, no rx who was also former Minister of the Interior and former Sudanese President’s Special Representative in Darfur.

“The Chamber considers that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Mr Hussein is criminally responsible for 20 counts of crimes against humanity (persecution, murder, forcible transfer, rape, inhumane acts, imprisonment or severe deprivation of liberty and torture) and 21 counts of war crimes (murder, attacks against civilian population, destruction of property, rape, pillaging and outrage upon personal dignity),” ICC said in a statement.

The warrant of arrest is a huge blow to Sudan and would further isolate Dictator Omar Bashir’s government.

Observers say the ICC move is intended to step up pressure on the Khartoum government which has been preparing for full-scale war with S. Sudan over oil.

Tension between Juba and Khartoum has been steadily rising over oil on the border of the two countries and the alleged support of anti-Bashir rebels.

According to ICC, Raheem’s crimes were allegedly committed against the primarily Fur populations of the towns of Kodoom, Bindisi, Mukjar, Arawala and surrounding areas by the Sudanese armed forces and the Militia/Janjaweed in the context of a counter-insurgency campaign against the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A), the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and other groups opposing the Government.

The plan of the counter-insurgency campaign was allegedly formulated at the highest levels of the Government of the Republic of the Sudan and had allegedly as a core component an unlawful attack on that part of the civilian population perceived by the Government as being close to the rebel groups.

The Chamber considers that in his role as Minister of the Interior and Special Representative of the President in Darfur and as an influential member of the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, Mr Hussein made essential contributions to the formulation and implementation of the common plan, inter alia, through his overall coordination of national, state and local security entities and through the recruitment, arming and funding of the police forces and the Militia/Janjaweed in Darfur.

Furthermore the Chamber considers that his arrest appears to be necessary to ensure his appearance at trial and to ensure that he will not obstruct or endanger the investigations.

The situation in Darfur was referred to the ICC by United Nations Security Council resolution 1593 on 31 March 2005, under article 13(b) of the Rome Statute.


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