Abu Garda Case

The Prosecutor v. Bahr Idriss Abu Garda

Case closed

Bahar Idriss Abu Garda

Chairman and General Coordinator of Military Operations of the United Resistance Front at time of summons. Summons to appear: 7 May 2009 - Unsealed on 17 May 2009

Charges: three war crimes allegedly committed during an attack carried out on 29 September 2007 in Darfur, Sudan. Charges not confirmed.

  • Charges not confirmed

    On 8 February 2010, Pre-Trial Chamber I decided not to confirm the charges against Mr Abu Garda, and later rejected the Prosecutor's application to appeal the decision.

    Next steps: The case is considered closed unless and until the Prosecutor presents new evidence.

Situation in Darfur, Sudan, referred to the ICC

Summary of situation in Darfur, Sudan


UN Security Council refers the situation in Darfur to the ICC with Resolution 1593


Investigations begin in Darfur

OTP opens investigations in Darfur, makes public announcement.​


Arrest warrant or summons to appear requested

OTP submits application to Pre-Trial Judges requesting arrest warrant or, alternatively, summons to appear for Bahar Idriss Abu Garda (Abu Garda); on 23 February 2009, OTP partially modifies the original application, and requests the Chamber to issue a summons to appear


Summons to appear

Pre-Trial Judges issue summons to appear under seal for Abu Garda Press release


Summons to appear unsealed

Pre-Trial Judges unseal summons after Abu Garda arrives in the Netherlands to attend the proceedings voluntarily.


First appearance

Abu Garda case: first voluntary appearance, 18.05.09


Pre-Trial phase begins as Abu Garda has first day in Court, appearing voluntarily before Judges of Pre-Trial Chamber I.Photographs 


Confirmation of charges hearing opens

Abu Garda case: confirmation of charges, opening statements, 19/10/2009

Pre-Trial phase continues as Pre-Trial Judges open hearing to consider evidence in order to decide whether or not to confirm the charges and commit the Abu Garda case to trial 


Confirmation of charges hearing closes

​Pre-Trial Judges to deliberate and decide in due course whether or not to confirm the charges and commit the case to trial


Decision: Charges not confirmed

Pre-Trial Judges decide not to commit case to trialPress release 


Request to appeal decision

OTP submits a request to Pre-Trial Chamber I for leave to appeal its decision not to confirm the charges.


Request rejected

Pre-Trial Chamber I rejects OTP's application to appeal the decision declining to confirm the charges. To reopen the confirmation of charges hearing, OTP would need additional evidence.Press release