Darfur rebels' trial to start

2013-03-06 21:45
(Ashraf Shazly, AFP)

(Ashraf Shazly, AFP)

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The Hague - The International Criminal Court says the trial of two Darfur rebels accused of leading a deadly attack on African Union peacekeepers will start on 5 May.

Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus are charged with violence to life, attacking peacekeepers and pillaging for their alleged involvement in the attack.

Prosecutors say 1 000 rebels drove into the peacekeepers' camp in Haskanita, Sudan, on 29 Sept 2007, firing machine guns and other weapons. They killed 12 peacekeepers, seriously wounded eight and then looted the camp of 17 vehicles, refrigerators, computers, mobile phones, ammunition and money.

The suspects' lawyer, Karim Khan, told a pretrial hearing in 2010 the prosecution case was riddled with "misconceptions and errors and fallacies".

The court said on Wednesday final arrangements are being made for trial.

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  un  |  somalia  |  east africa

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