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01 April 1999 by -

On April 1st, Ignace Bagilishema appeared for the first time before the judges at Trial Chamber 1. Represented by his duty counsel, the Tanzanian Mr Musei, the accused declared that he was unwilling to plead without being allowed to consult with a French-speaking lawyer. Pursuant to the provisions laid down in Rule 62.3, the chamber considered that, but refusing to speak, Ignace Bagilishema had de facto pleaded not guilty to the 13 counts against him. Mr Musei took the floor and introduced himself. « I am the defence lawyer for Monsieur Ignace...

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01 June 2001 by -

Since her appointment as Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, Louise Arbour has been pushing to receive more resources, especially in the field of personnel. The Paschke 2 report also draws attention to problem of the lack of staff at the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTR. The clash is between two different types of logic - legal and UN - and recruitment is at a virtual standstill. « For me, it's a bit like an iceberg » explained Louise Arbour, referring to the task facing her office.

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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 -

Counselor of Gishyita Sector

Mika Muhimana is accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of article 3 common to the Geneva conventions and of additional protocol II. Identity

  • Mika Muhimana is believed to have been born around 1950 in Gishyita sector, Gishyita Commune, Kibuye prefecture. Mika Muhimana was elected as Counselor of Gishyita Sector, Gishyita Commune, in 1988. Before his election, Mika Muhimana was a commercial trader. Mika Muhimana acted as counselor until the end of July 1994.

Charges

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01 June 2001 by -

In her portrait of former ICTR Chief Prosecutor Louise Arbour, Carol Off has set down the first draft of a still unwritten story: that of the ad hoc tribunals, and in particular, the ICTR. Flanked by generals Dallaire and MacKenzie, Arbour plays « the eagle » in this well-researched Canadian trilogy. The history of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda remains to be written. The fact that Canadian journalist Carol Off offers a partial beginning is but one of the merits of her new book.

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01 June 2001 by -
  • The weapons are drawn in the interminable struggle between the defence and the Registry : forms to fill in and delays in payment on one side, against threats to withdraw from the case on the other. The Paschke 2 report listed the lawyers' financial abuses, and they do exist, but the steps decided on to stop them leave no flexibility. Every case is gone through with a fine-toothed comb by the counting machine that constitutes the Registry. The budget allocated is nowhere near large enough to satisfy the requirements of the defence.
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01 June 2001 by -

An investigator for the defence at the ICTR, now a genocide suspect, was arrested in Arusha on May 19. His capture comes two months after Kigali publicly complained of the existence of such cases. For almost three years, Sammy Bahati Weza had been on the books at the registry of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as an investigator for the defence team representing Samuel Imanishimwe.

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03 October 2001 by -

A heavy-set and grimacing Juvenal Kajelijeli hobbled into court on crutches, Exhibit A to his request for an adjournment. Instead of sympathy, he found himself treated as a malingerer.
The Kajelijeli trial was supposed to resume on October 1 for a week so the judges could hear three prosecution witnesses due back in Rwandan prisons. There was just one catch: the former bourgmestre was a no-show and his lawyers asked for an adjournment on medical grounds. The judges ordered a medical exam for Kajelijeli and set a hearing for the next day.

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01 June 2001 by -

The first application of modifications added during the last plenary session : on July 16th, the five suspects transferred to the Tribunal a few days previously made their initial court appearance to ensure the observation of their rights. The system of « legal safeguard » had thus been implemented. Five Tanzanian lawyers represented the suspects before a lawyer was assigned to them. The sole objective of the appearance before Judge Laïty Kama on July 16th of the five suspects transferred to the UN prison in Arusha on July 10th and 11th, was to ensure that their rights had been observed.

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