Abd-Al-Rahman Case

The Prosecutor v. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman ("Ali Kushayb")

Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman at the opening of his trial at the ICC on 5 April 2022 ©ICC-CPI
In ICC custody

Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman

Alleged leader of the Militia/Janjaweed, at time of warrant. Arrest warrants: 27 April 2007 and 11 June 2020

Charges: Mr Abd-Al-Rahman is suspected of 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur, Sudan.

  • Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman was transferred to the ICC's custody on 9 June 2020, after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic. The initial appearance of Mr Abd-Al-Rahman before the ICC took place on 15 June 2020. According to the Prosecution's submission of the Document Containing the Charges, Mr Abd-Al-Rahman is suspected of 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed between August 2003 and at least April 2004 in Darfur, Sudan. The confirmation of charges hearing took place from 24 to 26 May 2021. 

    On 9 July 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber II confirmed all the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought by the Prosecutor against Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Rahman and committed him to trial.

    On 5 April 2022, the trial in this case opened before Trial Chamber I and is currently ongoing. 56 witnesses appeared in the courtroom during the presentation of the Prosecution’s case and the Prosecution has finished presenting its evidence. On 19 April 2023, during a public hearing, the Trial Chamber rejected the Defence’s request in the Abd-Al-Rahman case to acquit the accused from 4 out of the 31 counts against him. The common legal representatives of the victims made their opening statements and called their witnesses on 5 to 7 June 2023. 

    Next steps: Victims are scheduled to present their views and concerns in the Courtroom on 16 and 17 October 2023. The Defence is scheduled to make opening statements and start presenting its case on 18 October 2023. 

    Questions and Answers on the opening of the trialEnglish, Arabic

    Information for victims

Trial Chamber I

Judge Joanna Korner (Presiding)
Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou
Judge Althea Violet Alexis-Windsor

Office of the Prosecutor

Karim A.A. Khan QC, Prosecutor
Ms Nazhat Shameem Khan, Deputy Prosecutor
Julian Nicholls, Senior trial lawyer


Dr Cyril Laucci, Lead Counsel
Mr Iain Edwards, Associate Counsel

Legal Representatives of the Victims

Natalie von Wistinghausen