Publicity hound

Abu Garda, who stands accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of committing crimes against humanity in the Darfur region of Sudan, is a wiley old bean.

He is so far the only person indicted by the ICC that has voluntarily given himself over to The Hague’s probing.

His “confirmation of charges” hearing began this week, and can be followed on the court’s website.

A somewhat farcical hearing it is true – with lawyers bickering over the most irrelevant details, and allegations of peace-keepers’ deaths being lamentable but nevertheless a somewhat trifling matter for the court to be dealing with.

But for the man in the box, the trial is proving extremely useful.

Abu Garda, accused of being a generally all-round bad sort of rebel, is using the world’s attention on him to highlight the really serious problems that his people are facing at the hands of the government, and to justify the cause he is fighting for.

Moreover, since he came to the ICC voluntarily and has not been forcibly arrested, he is free to come and go as he pleases.

As soon as things look as though they might be getting a little too hot, he can simply disappear into the wilds of Darfur again.

Message duly delivered.

What a wiley old coot.

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One Response to “Publicity hound”

  1. Grappling with Sudan « Blake Evans-Pritchard’s Weblog Says:

    […] Seriously, though, how can the ICC, with all the wonderful resources at its disposal, failed to have come up with anything to pin on Abu Garda. Did it, indeed, go after the wrong man, simply because he was an eager target. After all, it was him that voluntarily decided to come to the court – to clear his name – rather than the ICC having to go after him. And, let’s face it, the ICC doesn’t have a great record in going after these crims. You might like to check out the previous entry I wrote about Abu Garda. […]

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