Saleh Jerbo

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Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, commonly referred to as Saleh Jerbo, was the Chief-of-Staff of the SLA-Unity. He is waiting for his trial before the International Criminal Court where he will be tried, together with Abdallah Banda, for three counts of war crimes allegedly committed during the Haskanita raids against African Union peacekeepers within the context of the Darfur conflict in Sudan.

Birth and ethnicity[edit]

According to information from the International Criminal Court,[1] Saleh Jerbo was born on 1 January 1977 in Shagag Karo, North Darfur. He is a member of the Zaghawa tribe.

Haskanita raids[edit]

Main article: Haskanita raids

On the evening of 29 September 2007, groups led by Banda and Jerbo are alleged to have attacked African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) soldiers at the Haskanita Military Group Site in Umm Kadada in North Darfur. A total of 12 AMIS peace keepers were killed.

ICC proceedings[edit]

After the Darfur situation was referred to the ICC by the United Nations Security Council through its Resolution 1593 on 31 March 2005 the Darfur conflict has been under the jurisdiction of the ICC. The Prosecutor of the Court opened an investigation on 6 June 2005.

On 27 August 2009, summonses to appear were issued against Banda and Jerbo under seal. They were unsealed on 15 June 2010, immediately before the two suspects' voluntary initial appearance before the Court. They were charged with three counts of war crimes: violence to life, pillaging and attacking peacekeepers.

After the confirmation of charges hearing on 8 December 2010, the charges were confirmed and the suspects committed to trial on 7 March 2011. They are now awaiting their trial to begin.

Report of death[edit]

On 22 April 2013, Radio Dabanga reported that Jerbo was killed in a battle on 19 April. The battle involved fighting between the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Justice and Equality Movement–Bashar (JEM–Bashar), the splinter group in which Jerbo held the position of deputy general commander. A spokesperson from JEM–Bashar confirmed the death, but one from JEM declined to do so.[2]