ICC Issues Another Warrant in Darfur Conflict
Add another to the tally board.
As we anticipated in an earlier post, the hot ticket out of ICC this week is for none other than one Abdel Rahim Muhammed Hussein (no relation to that other Hussein) of Sudan. Hussein is charged on counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his work in the Darfur conflict.
The arrest warrant, issued on March 1, 2012 reads:
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
At the time the alleged crimes were committed, Hussein held the title ‘Minister of the Interior of the Government of the Republic of Sudan’ in addition to being the “President’s Special Representative in Darfur.” Today he is the Minister of National Defense.
The warrant for Hussein comes almost three years to the day of the initial indictment of sitting Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, for his role in the same conflict. Bashir remains in office today.