Criminal Court announces date for Kushayb trial

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that the 5th of next April will mark the beginning of militia leader Ali Kushayb trial, who is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

According to a court statement issued on Wednesday, of which a copy was sent to AlTaghyeer, the International Criminal Court’s First Instance Chamber decided to open the case for Prosecutor vs. Kushayb.

Trial Chamber I is composed of judges Joanna Corner, President of the Chamber Ren Alabini-Gansos, Althea Violet, and Alexis Windsor.

Kushayb was transferred to the International Criminal Court on June 2020, after voluntarily surrendering to the Court’s authorities in the Central African Republic.

The first appearance session was held, before the court, on June 15, 2020, followed by the session to approve the charges which was held from May 24-26.

On the 9th of last July, the Second Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court unanimously issued a decision approving the charges brought by the ICC Prosecutor against Kushayb, and referred him to trial before a Trial Chamber.

Kushayb’s 31 charges include war crimes such as intentionally directing attacks against civilians, murder and attempted murder, rape and pillage, outrages upon the dignity of persons, torture and cruel treatment, and destruction and appropriation of personal property.

His charges for crimes against humanity include murder, attempted murder, rape and other inhumane acts, forcible transfer of population, persecution, and torture.

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