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ICC Issues Arrest Warrant for Sudan’s Defense Minister

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Sudan’s defense minister, the third senior regime official sought by the court for alleged involvement in atrocities in Darfur.

The court announced it wants Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein arrested on a warrant containing seven counts of crimes against humanity and six war crimes including murder, persecution, rape and torture. The charges cover 41 different incidents, the court said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/sudans-defense-minister-sought-by-international-criminal-court/2012/03/01/gIQAOhYekR_story.html

With the arrest warrant of Bashir and one other upper level official already out and, so far, unsuccessful, what do you think will be the effect of this new arrest warrant? Although Sudan is not a state party to the ICC, the UNSC has asked Ocampo to investigate the atrocities in Darfur. Do you see this move as closer to bringing the accused perpetrators to justice? Or could it simply exacerbate tensions?

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3 responses to “ICC Issues Arrest Warrant for Sudan’s Defense Minister

  1. skmonroe707 March 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I think this is brilliant news. While there’s always the possibility that this could make the situation worse I think it will have the opposite effect. If Hussein is a man that the ICC can actually arrest, unlike Bashir, then it should show that the ICC isn’t losing faith in pursuing justice for the crimes in the Sudan. It might also encourage other nations or nation-states of the area to be more active/try harder/change their mind about arresting Bashir. If the Sudan and the nations surrounding the Sudan see that the ICC isn’t bowing out then this can only improve and strengthen the ICC’s position.

  2. aojustice2012 March 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I agree; it’s important that the ICC clearly demonstrate that it is not susceptible to political intimidation. In the end hopefully this will only help the ICC remain politically independent. Issuing another arrest warrant, despite any difficulties the ICC has with apprehending individuals also supports this independence of the ICC.

    How the UNSC interacts with the ICC on this question will set a definite tone for the future of the ICC. After UNSC countries recommended jurisdiction of the Sudan situation to the ICC, should they have any responsibility to follow up, or stay involved? Or a responsibility to then continue with separate action regarding the Situation? I think it’s interesting that there is less talk of Sudan now in mainstream media beyond the ICC. It encourages the perception that for a lot of people the Situation in Sudan seems to have been “solved”, though it is still on-going. Where has all the coverage gone? Unrealistic expectations of the ICC can be just as damaging as folding to political pressure.

  3. Alana Tiemessen March 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Hussein is a very high-ranking accused – he’s a close ally of Bashir and Harun (also indicted by the ICC) allegedly reports to Hussein. So it seems unlikely that he will be any easier to arrest than the others. Although i did read somewhere that Hussein’s travel will be considerably restricted by this arrest warrant and some of his preferred travel destinations are States Parties.

    This does help to put impunity for Darfur back on the agenda for now. Just as this recent BBC article explains signs of stability and peace in Darfur: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17225356

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