Dutch court hears witnesses in Rwanda

24 March 2010 by -

A Dutch investigating judge, two court registrars, a representative of the prosecution and a defence lawyer have been in Kigali since March 15th, hearing testimony from 30 witnesses in the appeals case of convicted torturer Joseph Mpambara.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

A district court in The Hague last year sentenced Mpambara to 20 years imprisonment for torture committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He immediately lodged an appeal.

A Dutch investigating judge, two court registrars, a representative of the prosecution and a defence lawyer have been in Kigali since March 15th, hearing testimony from 30 witnesses in the appeals case of convicted torturer Joseph Mpambara.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

A district court in The Hague last year sentenced Mpambara to 20 years imprisonment for torture committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He immediately lodged an appeal.

The former Interahamwe militiaman was convicted for ordering the torture that resulted in the death of two Tutsi mothers and their four children in April 1994. Mpambara stopped an ambulance in which the wounded victims were being transported at a roadblock in Mugonero, in the Kibuye region in western Rwanda. On his orders the women and children were “beaten with clubs and hacked with machetes”, the ruling said.

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