27 February 2006 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 41

Table of content:

  • Cour pénale internationale: Qui va contrôler les victimes ?
  • Bosnie-Herzégovine: Mémorial d’Omarska; Mittal Steel recule devant les divisions ethniques
  • Tribunal international pour le Rwanda: Bagaragaza; le TPIR sous-traite en Norvège

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21 November 2005 by Thierry Cruvellier

Convincing some of Rwanda's key leaders in 1994 to admit to their role in the genocide was what the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) did best in the early years. It has rediscovered this talent in recent months. Michel Bagaragaza's still confidential confession is an impressive example. When questioned by investigators, this close relative of the Habyarimana family revealed that the Rwandan president's brother-inlaw is the one who, on the night of April 6, allegedly ordered the assassination of opposition leaders.

05 December 2005 by our correspondent in Arusha

On November 21, Juvénal Uwilingiyimana left his home in Anderlecht, Belgium at dawn. Since then, the former Rwandan minister has gone missing. In a letter dated November 5 published on the Internet, he accuses the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) of trying to force him to accuse high-ranking dignitaries of the former regime. On November 29, the prosecutor replied by charging Uwilingiyimana with genocide.

10 September 2007 by -

Who will finally try Michel Bagaragaza, accused of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) but also a key prosecution witness in certain trials in Arusha [IJT-36]? After the failed attempt to try him in Norway [IJT-41], the ICTR, on August 17, canceled its April order transferring him to the Netherlands [IJT-67]. Three weeks earlier, the Dutch legal system had declared itself incompetent to try another Rwandan, Joseph Mpambara.

07 May 2007 by -

Michel Bagaragaza's case will be finally transfered from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [ICTR] to The Netherlands. Since early 2006, the ICTR Prosecutor has been trying to transfer Bagaragaza, a close aide to the former Rwandan president who voluntarily surrendered to the Tribunal in August 2005, to a national jurisdiction for trial. However, the trial chamber, on May 19, 2006, rejected the prosecutor's initial choice of Norway because that country had not incorporated the crime of genocide into domestic law.

13 March 2006 by Thierry Cruvellier

On February 15, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) filed a motion to transfer Michel Bagaragaza's trial to Norway, which has agreed to try him. There are, however, ulterior motives behind this apparent successful attempt to lighten the Arusha tribunal's caseload.