Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, following the surrender and transfer of alleged militia leader, Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb, to the Court

Today, a milestone has been reached in the Darfur, Sudan situation with the surrender and transfer of Mr Ali Kushayb, an alleged leader of the “Janjaweed” militia, to the custody of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”). 

I am grateful for the cooperation of all those states, organisations and individuals who contributed to this pivotal development, in particular, the Governments of the Central African Republic, the Republic of Chad, the French Republic and the Host State, The Netherlands, as well as the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

I also express my appreciation to my dedicated team, along with colleagues from the Registry, whose tireless efforts in the exercise of our respective independent mandates, contributed to today’s development and successful transfer to the Court. Today’s outcome was achieved notwithstanding the complexities of the operation, not least in the midst of added complications presented while operating in the COVID-19 pandemic context.  I am truly grateful for the professionalism and dedication of all colleagues who contributed to this effort. 

It will be recalled that on 31 March 2005, the United Nations Security Council referred the situation in Darfur, Sudan since 1 July 2002 to the Prosecutor of the ICC, in Resolution 1593 (2005). The Prosecution’s investigation into the situation in Darfur began in June 2005. On 27 April 2007, the Judges of Pre-Trial Chamber I of the ICC issued a warrant of arrest against the suspect, Mr Ali Kushayb. read more

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