Monday, June 4, 2012
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has dismissed the Prosecutor’s application for an arrest warrant for Sylvestre Mudacumura, a Rwandan rebel leader allegedly responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The ICC found that the application submitted on May 15, 2012 did not provide “proper counts or any other kind of accompanying description of the specific facts underlying the crimes” allegedly committed in the eastern Congolese provinces of North and South Kivu. It failed to “set out the specific references to the alleged crimes” as requested by the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC.
Mr. Mudacumura is the supreme commander of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, also known by its French acronym FDLR, which has been involved in crimes in eastern DRC.
(mew) (adapted from a UN Press Release)