As the snow descends on Washington DC and the Federal Government enters its third consecutive day closed, events continue to unfold at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. On Monday, February 8, 2010, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court, composed of three judges, issued a decision declining to confirm the charges in the case of The Prosecutor v. Bahar Idriss Abu Garda.
Abu Garda was charged with violence to life, intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units and vehicles involved in a peacekeeping mission, and pillaging, allegedly committed during an attack carried out on 29 September 2007, against the African Union Mission in Sudan ("AMIS"), a peace-keeping mission stationed in North Darfur. Abu Garda appeared voluntarily in front of the International Criminal Court. The Chamber was not satisfied that therewas sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that Abu Garda could be held criminally responsible either as a direct or as an indirect co-perpetrator for the commission of the crimes with which he was charged by the Prosecution. The Office of the Prosecutor will have an opportunity to repeal the decision.
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