ICC webcast on situation in Sudan's Darfur
The press conference by the Court's Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27th February 2007, from 13:00 to 14:00 GMT or 14:00 to 15:00 hours Central European time, will be broadcast live internationally via satellite and web-cast of the press conference in English, French, and Arabic will also be available through the International Criminal Court website www.icc-cpi.int.
Photo: Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Via ST/Reuters report. Note, the report tells us a spokeswoman said the prosecutor's office planned to issue a statement before a news conference due at 1300 GMT today, 27 Feb 2007.
Feb 27 2007 BBC report excerpt:
The chief prosecutor is expected to detail alleged war crimes and give the Hague-based court a list of suspects from the government and rebel sides.Feb 27 2007 Reuters report (via SL) excerpt:
Our correspondent in the Sudanese capital, Jonah Fisher, says that joint attacks on villages have been well-documented and there is little doubt the militia have been given weapons and vehicles to fight rebels.
The BBC's Fergal Keane, reporting from The Hague where the ICC is based, says the presentation of evidence will be a highly significant moment in the Darfur crisis.
Moreno-Ocampo has said he would examine whether Sudan's government is conducting its own judicial proceedings over Darfur as the ICC is only supposed to prosecute when national courts are unwilling or unable to act.Feb 27 2007 AP report by Mike Corder (via chron.com) excerpt:
The ICC, the world's first permanent war crimes court, started work in 2002 and is now supported by 104 nations, although still not by big powers Russia, China and the United States. Washington fiercely opposed the creation of the ICC, fearing it would be used for politically motivated prosecutions of its citizens.
It remained unclear whom prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo would name, but his mandate is to prosecute the most senior figures responsible for atrocities.Feb 27 2007 Reuters report via FT.com excerpt:
Since the U.N. Security Council asked Moreno-Ocampo to launch a Darfur investigation in March 2005, his investigators have carried out 70 missions in 17 different countries tracing victims, taking statements from more than 100 victims and witnesses and collecting documents.
They have been unable to carry out investigations in Darfur itself because of the ongoing violence there.
Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked pre-trial judges to issue summonses for Ahmed Haroun, interior minister during the height of the conflict, and militia commander Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb.Feb 27 2007 IWPR report by IWPR reporter in The Hague Katy Glassborow, independent Hague-based Darfur expert Jan Coebergh, and Washington-based IWPR reporter Stacy Sullivan - excerpt:
Haroun is currently Sudan's humanitarian affairs minister. Ali Kushayb was identified in press reports from 2003-2004 as a leader of attacks on villages around Mukjar, Bindisi, and Garsil where witnesses said hundreds of men were executed.
In a written filing, Moreno-Ocampo said there was reason to believe Haroun and Ali Kushayb "bear criminal responsibility for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur in 2003 and 2004".
The coming days will be important for future legal jurisprudence on "complementarity" between domestic judicial systems and the ICC and, in the short term, could have major political consequences for those involved in Darfur.
Photo: The Chief Prosecutor Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, sworn in on the 16th of June 2003. (ICC)
Photo: Judge Sir. Adrian FULFORD (United Kingdom). Elected for a 9 year period from the Western European and others Group of States (WEOG). (Source: ICC photo gallery of The Judges)
Further related news reports at POTP and CFD.
Also, see Feb 26 2007 ICC and Darfur - Time running out for Sudanese killers (comments invited or, if you prefer, please email me - address in sidebar)