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19 November 2007 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 78

Table of content:

  • Trials in The Netherlands: The Netherlands difficulties to try the Rwandan genocide
  • Trials in France: Some moves in Rwandan cases
  • International Tribunal for Rwanda: “Assessments” series & The trouble mandate of the ICTR

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01 June 2001 by -

Ramsey Clark, the lawyer representing Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, who is currently being held in Texas, paid a fleeting visit to the ICTR to meet his client's son, who is also accused and imprisoned in Arusha. The American and former attorney general in the 1960s has always contested the legal foundations of ad hoc tribunals. Clark is in favour of a permanent court and believes that the Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia are merely political instruments used by the United States to dispose of its enemies. In addition, he does not believe that fair trials are possible in Arusha.

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01 June 2001 by -

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Félicien Kabuga is accused of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity of genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions and of Additional Protocol II. Proceeding

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01 June 2001 by -

The witness is the key figure in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, as the evidence he/she give constitutes the most important weapon available to both the defence and the prosecution. Protection of witnesses, the most secret but also the most exposed of the ICTR's activities, was the object of fierce criticism in the last report by the UN internal monitoring unit. However, the report did not touch on the real material and political obstacles which handicap those responsible for witness protection.

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01 June 2001 by -

A month after being found guilty of genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide and of seven crimes against humanity, Jean-Paul Akayesu was sentenced to life imprisonment. Both the Prosecutor and the accused have since appealed against the First Trial judgement. The former wishes to see the ex-burgomaster found guilty of violating the Geneva Conventions whereas the latter is demanding acquittal or, failing that, a re-trial.

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01 June 2001 by -

The Musema case - the most controversial judgement handed down by the Tribunal for Rwanda to date - has gone before the appeals court.
Two conflicting dangers appear to hang over the appeal: the steamroller effect and the boomerang effect. One and a half years after receiving a life
sentence for genocide, Alfred Musema made his first reappearance in court on May 28. The judges are no longer the same; this

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18 September 2001 by -

Even before his trial started, Pastor Ntakirutimana had made legal history as the first American resident extradited to an international organization without benefit of a treaty Indeed, the judges who handled Pastor Ntakirutimana's extradition occasionally betrayed anxiety about the new internationalist legal order, the same anxiety that keeps the United States from signing onto the International Criminal Court: that American military personnel or Henry Kissinger will be dragged before an international Star Chamber.

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12 March 2001 by -

The opening of the Kajelijeli trial was to be a grand day: the first hearing on the merits in almost two years before the judges of second Trial Chamber of the ICTR. Wearily, the Court would half-open its doors for two hours, before sinking back into the big sleep. The Kajelijeli trial opens before the ICTR

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01 June 2001 by -

On October 23 and 24, a witness testified for the first time about the crimes of rape and sexual violences committed in Taba. JJ, a 35-year old Tutsi woman, talked in a heavy atmosphere of the collective rapes which were perpetrated within the confines of the bureau communal with the close or immediate presence of the bourgmestre, Jean-Paul Akayesu. The public room is exceptionally full on this Thursday morning, October 23. The trial of Jean-Paul Akayesu resumes before the first trial chamber, with the new charges of sexual crimes that were brought against him on June 4.

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01 June 2001 by -

Founder of the CDR

Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza is accused of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity.
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