The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain
Case also involved Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus but proceedings against him were terminated on 4 October 2013 following his passing.
On 7 March 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber I unanimously decided to confirm the charges of war crimes brought by the ICC's Prosecutor against Abdallah Banda and committed him to trial. Though Mr Banda appeared voluntarily before the ICC during the Pre-Trial stage of his case, on 11 September 2014, the Trial Chamber judges issued an arrest warrant to ensure his presence at trial. The Chamber stressed that should Mr Banda nonetheless appear voluntarily before the Court, the Chamber will take the voluntary appearance into consideration and revisit accordingly the conditions of his stay in The Netherlands during the trial. The accused is still at large.
Next steps: The trial will commence pending the accused's arrest or voluntary appearance. The ICC does not try individuals in their absence.
Trial Chamber IV
Judge Kimberly Prost
Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou
Judge Socorro Flores Liera
Office of the Prosecutor
Nazhat Shameem Khan, Deputy Prosecutor
Julian Nicholls, Senior Trial Lawyer
Charles Achaleke Taku
Legal Representatives of the Victims
Situation in Darfur, Sudan, referred to the ICC
UN Security Council refers the situation in Darfur, Sudan, to the ICC with Resolution 1593.Note: While the case initially involved Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, Trial Chamber IV terminated the proceedings against him on 4 October 2013, upon receiving evidence pointing towards his death.
Investigations begin in Darfur
OTP opens investigations in Darfur, Sudan, 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 Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain (Banda). A modified version of OTP's application is presented before the Court on 23 February 2009.
Summons to appear issued under seal
Pre-Trial Judges issue summons to appear under seal for Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus.
Summons to appear unsealed
Pre-Trial Judges unseal summons to appear for Mr Banda and Mr Jerbo.
Pre-Trial phase begins as Banda and Jerbo have first day in Court, appearing voluntarily before Judges of Pre-Trial Chamber I.Press release
Confirmation of charges hearing
Pre-Trial Judges to deliberate and decide in due course whether or not to confirm the charges and commit the Banda and Jerbo case to trialPress release
Decision: Charges confirmed
Pre-Trial Judges confirm charges, Banda and Jerbo trial to begin in due course: Trial phase begins.Press release
Proceedings against Mr Jerbo terminated
Proceedings against Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus (Jerbo) were terminated by Trial Chamber IV on 4 October 2013 after receiving evidence pointing towards his death.
Arrest warrant issued for Banda
Trial Chamber IV issues arrest warrant for Banda; vacates the trial date previously scheduled for 18 November 2014.Press release
Defence appeals decision
Defence appeals Trial Chamber IV's decision issuing an arrest warrant for Mr Banda
Appeals Chamber rejects Defence appeal regarding arrest warrant for Mr Banda