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Federal Foreign Office on the transfer of Ali Kushayb to the International Criminal Court

10.06.2020 - Press release

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (10 June) on the transfer of Ali Kushayb to the International Criminal Court:

The surrender in the Central African Republic yesterday of Ali Kushayb, against whom the International Criminal Court (ICC) had issued a warrant of arrest, and his transfer to the ICC is a significant development. The court accuses him, as the leader of the so-called Janjaweed militia in Darfur, of responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The arrest underscores the key role played by the ICC in the global fight against impunity for the most serious international crimes. The further course of the proceedings is now in the hands of the ICC, in whose activity the Federal Government has full confidence and whose neutrality Germany respects.

Background information:

Since 2005, the International Criminal Court in The Hague has been tasked with the situation in Darfur from 1 July 2002 following referral by the United Nations Security Council pursuant to Article 13 (b) of the Rome Statute. On 27 April 2007 a warrant of arrest was issued against the suspected former leader of the so-called Janjaweed militia in Darfur, Ali Kushayb. Ali Kushayb was arrested on 9 June 2020 in the Central African Republic after giving himself up, and was transferred to the ICC, according to the information of the ICC. The prisoner is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with the Darfur conflict.

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