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Mass murderer found living in Birmingham

2015-06-21 13:54:44

Mohamed Issa SalimEx-Sudanese Janjaweed Fighter Mohamed Issa Salim at home in Birmingham

A mass murderer found living on UK benefits in Birmingham is now wanted by war crimes investigators.

West Brom supporter Mohamed Salim previously admitted killing so many villagers in wartorn Sudan that he lost count.

An investigation by our sister national title the Daily Mirror tracked Salim down to a leafy Birmingham street.

Now it has been revealed investigators from the International Criminal Court in the Hague want to interview him as a witness in connection with a probe in the Darfur region.

Mohamed Issa SalimEx-Sudanese Janjaweed Fighter Mohamed Issa Salim in Birmingham

The investigator said: “We are compiling information on the Darfur crisis and at the moment we want to interview him as a witness.

“We have an ongoing investigation into what happened in Darfur, a brief given to us by the UN security council in 2005.

"We want to speak to him to see if he might be able to assist.

"He is one of a number we are trying to contact.”

Investigators for the ICC have been working to bring Darfur’s war criminals to justice across the globe since a UN security council referral in 2005.

Salim, 29, arrived in the UK in 2006 where he gave an anonymous interview to BBC’s Newsnight programme.

Mohamed Issa SalimEx-Sudanese Janjaweed Fighter Mohamed Issa Salim at home in Birmingham on BBC's Newsnight in 2006

He told journalists: “When we go into a village and find resistance we kill everyone.”

The Home Office tried deporting him but lost on human rights grounds in an immigration court.

Taxpayers funded his life here.

Speaking in 2006, he said: “My life here is normal.

"I much prefer it in England.”

Salim admitted to being part of Janjaweed killing squads in Darfur but then changed his story, denying he killed anyone during ethnic violence in 2003.

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