Chairman and General Coordinator of Military Operations of the United Resistance Front (URF)
Allegations & Charges
Bahr Idriss Abu Garda (Abu Garda) is the Chairman and General Coordinator of Military Operations of the United Resistance Front (URF), a coalition of several groups fighting against forces supporting the Government of the Republic of Sudan in Darfur. Abu Garda is allegedly a former top ranking official of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and participated in forming the Justice and Equality Movement Collective Leadership (JEM-CL). The ICC Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) alleges that splinter forces of JEM attacked the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan (AMIS) at the Haskanita Military Group Site (MGS Haskanita) in Darfur on September 29, 2007. The attack allegedly resulted in the death of 12 and the wounding of 8 AMIS soldiers, along with the destruction of communications, vehicles, computers, fuel, and ammunition, among other property of AMIS. The OTP alleges that the attackers consisted of JEM troops commanded by Abu Garda and troops commanded jointly by other armed groups, and that the Abu Garda and other commanders committed the attack pursuant to a common plan to do so.
Please visit the Court’s website for more information on The Prosecutor v. Abu Garda.
The Accused is alleged to have committed the crimes listed below as an individual, jointly with another, or through another person (Article 25(3)(a) of the Rome Statute).
Under this mode of criminal liability, the Accused is charged with the following atrocity crimes:
Violence to Life (War Crime): Article 8(2)(c)(i)
Attacking Personnel or Objects Involved in Humanitarian Assistance (War Crime): Article 8(2)(e)(iii)
Pillaging (War Crime): Article 8(2)(e)(v)
Pre-Trial Chamber I issued a sealed summons for Abu Garda on May 7, 2009, which was unsealed on May 17, 2009. Charges against him were declined to be confirmed on October 29, 2009.
- Initial Appearance : May 18, 2009