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Abd–Al-Rahman case: Confirmation of charges hearing postponed to 22 February 2021


Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman in the Courtroom of the ICC on 8 October 2020 © ICC-CPI<br>
Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman in the Courtroom of the ICC on 8 October 2020 © ICC-CPI

Today, 2 November 2020, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to postpone the commencement of the confirmation hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman to Monday, 22 February 2021. The hearing was initially scheduled to take place on 7 December 2020.

Having considered the parties' submissions and arguments and taken into account the overall fairness and expeditiousness of the proceedings, the rights of the suspect, the protection of victims, witnesses and other persons at risk, and the circumstances of the case, in view of ensuring the safety and overall security of victims and witnesses, the Chamber considered it appropriate to postpone the confirmation of charges hearing to 22 February 2021.  The Chamber also set a number of deadlines for the disclosure of evidence by the Prosecutor.   

The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed each of the crimes charged. If the charges are confirmed, the case will be transferred to a Trial Chamber, which will conduct the subsequent phase of the proceedings: the trial.

Decision on the Prosecutor's Request for Postponement of the Confirmation Hearing and related deadlines

Background:  The first warrant of arrest delivered on 27 April 2007 and the second warrant published on 11 June 2020 against Mr Abd–Al-Rahman list 53 counts on the basis of his individual criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur (Sudan). Mr Abd-Al-Rahman was transferred to the ICC's custody on 9 June 2020, after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic. His initial appearance before the ICC took place on 15 June 2020.

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