June 9, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, known as Ali Kushayb, has been arrested and is in the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after surrendering himself in the Central African Republic. Kushayb has been wanted by the ICC based on an indictment for ordering killings, rapes, and looting in the Darfur region of Sudan during 2003 and 2004.
Brad Brooks-Rubin, Managing Director of The Sentry, said: “The surrender of Ali Kushayb to the ICC is a modest triumph for the cause of accountability for atrocity crimes in Africa. This represents a glimpse of hope for people in Darfur and around the world who desperately seek justice and security but are too often forgotten. Hopefully, Kushayb’s decades-long career of mass murder, atrocities, rape, and terror has finally come to an end.”
Dr. Suliman Baldo, Senior Analyst at The Sentry, said: “Ali Kushayb’s transfer to the ICC offers a stark reminder to all that two million Sudanese victims of the Bashir regime’s 2003-2005 genocidal campaign in Darfur are still awaiting justice in camps for the war-displaced in their own country. Sudanese transitional authorities must follow suit and act on their commitment to cooperate with the ICC by handing the three detained ICC fugitives to the Court — former dictator Bashir, his minister of defense, and the state minister of interior during the Darfur genocide.”
Nathalia Dukhan, Investigator at The Sentry, said: “Last February, when the Sudanese government announced its willingness to cooperate with the ICC, Ali Kushayb fled Sudan hoping he could find a haven amidst the conflict and chaos of the Central African Republic. There, with 100 militiamen, he committed barbaric crimes along with other CAR militia groups he came to support, adding new victims to his already long list of atrocities as a former leader of the genocidal Janjaweed and other violent security forces under the regime of Omar al Bashir.”
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