STATE MINISTER FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS IN DARFUR, PEACEKEEPER LIAISON & SUSPECTED WAR CRIMINAL
WANTED FOR OVER 40 COUNTS OF CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND WAR CRIMES, FOR RECRUITING, FUNDING AND DIRECTING JANJAWEED MILITIA RESPONSIBLE FOR RAPING, PERSECUTING, ATTACKING AND KILLING CIVILIANS, AND FOR INCITING THEM TO CARRY OUT THOSE ATTACKS
AKA: Ahmed Haroun, Mohamed Ahmed Haroun and Ahmed Haroon
From about April 2003 to September 2005, Ahmad Harun was State Minister for the Interior in Sudan – with special responsibility for the ‘Darfur Security desk’.
He was responsible for co-ordinating and directing the activities of the Janjaweed militia, Sudanese armed forces, intelligence and security services – used in a vicious ‘counter insurgency’ campaign against Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa and other non-Arab civilians whom he claimed were supporting the rebels. Substantial evidence was put before the Court to show that Harun had personally participated in the recruitment of Janjaweed militia, as well as mobilising, funding and arming them. He was repeatedly identified as liaising with Janjaweed commanders, and the Court found there was reasonable grounds to believe that Harun knew full well that his new recruits, who were sometimes criminals released from prison, were committing crimes against humanity and war crimes against civilians in Darfur. Not only that, but evidence gathered by the ICC shows that Harun personally incited the militia to attack the Fur, Zaghawa and Masalit people. In one public speech to the massed ranks of Janjaweed, shortly before they looted the town of Mukjar, he stated that “since the children of the Fur had become rebels, all the Fur and what they had, had become booty.”
Ahmad Harun continues to oversee humanitarian operations in Darfur in his capacity as State Minister for Humanitarian Affairs. In September 2007 Khartoum has appointed him to co-chair a commission whose mandate includes investigating human rights violations in Darfur.
The Government of Sudan has refused to surrender Harun to the ICC, insisting that he had no links to the Janjaweed. Khartoum also argues that, since it is not an ICC signatory, proceedings against Harun are a matter for the Sudanese judicial system.
Source: International Criminal Court arrest warrants and supporting material.