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19 December 2011 by -

Time has the same effect on trial judgements rendered by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) as acid on limestone. On December 14, 2011, the Appeals Chamber of the ICTR reduced Colonel Bagosora’s factual responsibility in the genocide to a minimum, and his life sentence to 35 years. After seventeen years of investigations and trials, the ICTR ends up with no mastermind behind the genocide.

By Thierry Cruvellier*

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23 November 2002 by -

Gratien Kabiligi's lawyer tried to gradually shift the debate with Alison Des Forges away from the RPF's responsibilities in the genocide. The military trial resumed in curious fashion on 18 November, with the remainder of the cross-examination of Alison Des Forges.

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08 September 2001 by -

On August 30, Colonel Theoneste Bagosora, the former chef de cabinet to the Minister of Defense and allegedly the chief conspirator of the Rwandan genocide, appeared before the UN Rwanda Tribunal as his lawyers again demanded that the Prosecutor turn over any evidence of RPF involvement in the shooting down of former President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane.

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03 April 2002 by -

The Military Trial kicked off in symbolic fashion, in the absence of the accused. It had barely begun when the trial was adjourned until September. Only the prosecution made its opening statement. All the world's press awaited them, but they weren't coming. At around 9:30 a.m.

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16 September 2002 by -

The prosecution's questioning of Alison Desforges, an expert witness in the flagship Military trial is moving at a snail's pace, mostly because of the barrage of objections raised by the defence. The witness box has not changed occupants for the last ten days. The grey-haired woman who emerged from it is a familiar face in the corridors of the Arusha tribunal (ICTR). For the third consecutive time, the American historian Alison Desforges has come to offer the prosecution her expertise.

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01 June 2001 by -

Before the military trial resumes on 18 November, the prosecutor has asked the judges to limit the length of cross-examinations by the defence. After three weeks spent questioning the prosecution's expert witness, Alison Des Forges, in September, the military trial will resume on 18 November with cross-examinations by defence lawyers. Of all the counsels representing the four co-accused, only Raphael Constant, counsel for Théoneste Bagosora was able to conclude his cross-examination at the end of September.

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01 June 2001 by -

Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Defence

Théoneste Bagosora is accused of genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions and of Additional Protocol II.
© Réseau Intermedia.

Defence Counsel

  • Raphaël Constant, Jacques de Larochelle

Proceeding

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20 September 2004 by -

On the morning of 7 April 1994, the massacres were still only sporadic in the town of Kigali. In the hours that followed, the Rwandan capital erupted into violence. The following day, the killers carried out their extermination systematically.

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21 November 2005 by our correspondent in Arusha

On November 17, the most notorious defendant at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Colonel Théoneste Bagosora, concluded his 17-day testimony. The former directeur de cabinet at the Rwandan Ministry of Defense shifted responsibility for the April 7, 1994 assassination of the Prime Minister and ten Belgian peacekeepers to UN mission commander General Roméo Dallaire.

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25 April 2005 by Thierry Cruvellier

When the defence case in the military trial opened on 11 April before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), there was an inevitable feeling of vertigo. "The first word that springs to mind is: Finally! Eleven years after the crimes, nine years after his arrest, eight years and three months after his arrival in Arusha, Colonel Bagosora can finally begin to explain himself. Raphaël Constant, the lawyer for the most famous Rwandan genocide suspect, is one of only two people in the courtroom to have followed the lengthy proceedings against Théoneste Bagosora and his three co-accused from the start.

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