Media Advisory: 12 June 2020

Initial appearance of Ali Kushayb scheduled for 15 June 2020: Practical information


The initial appearance of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman ("Ali Kushayb") is scheduled for Monday 15 June 2020, at 11:00 (The Hague local time) in Courtroom III of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") before the single judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. Mr Ali Kushayb was transferred to the ICC's custody on 9 June 2020, after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic, for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur (Sudan).

During the initial appearance hearing, the single judge will verify the identity of the suspect and the language in which he is able to follow the proceedings. He will be informed of the charges against him. Mr Ali Kushayb will be represented by Cyril Laucci as Duty Counsel.

Background: The first warrant of arrest delivered on 27 April 2007 against Ali Kushayb lists 50 counts on the basis of his individual criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity. On 11 June 2020, Pre-Trial Chamber II reclassified as public, with redactions, a second warrant of arrest against Mr Ali Kushayb adding three new charges of war crimes (murder) and crimes against humanity (murder and other inhumane acts) allegedly committed in Deleig and surrounding areas between on or about 5 to 7 March 2004.

For further information on this case, click here.

Decision on the convening of a hearing for the initial appearance of Mr Ali Kushayb

Questions and Answers on the initial appearance: English, Français, العربية

Webstreaming of the hearing

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court's premises are not open to any visitor to protect the safety and well-being of users. However the hearing can be followed LIVE on the ICC website, in English, French and Arabic at:

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For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

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