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Sudanese War Crimes Suspect Arrested After 13 Years on the Run

Ali Kushayb, a Sudanese militia leader charged with 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the conflict in Darfur, has surrendered to the authorities.

A Sudanese militia leader who is charged with 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the conflict in Darfur, has been arrested more than 13 years after a warrant was issued for him, the authorities said Tuesday.

Ali Kushayb, the militia leader, surrendered to the authorities in a remote corner of northern Central African Republic, near the country’s border with Sudan, the International Criminal Court spokesman Fadi El Abdallah said. The court said in a statement that it was detaining Mr. Kushayb, but didn’t immediately elaborate on where he was being held.

In the Darfur conflict, rebels from the territory’s ethnic central and sub-Saharan African community launched an insurgency in 2003, complaining of oppression by the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum.

The government responded with a scorched-earth assault of aerial bombings and unleashed militias known as the janjaweed, who are accused of mass killings and rapes. Up to 300,000 people were killed and 2.7 million were driven from their homes.

 

Credited to The New York Times