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30 April 2014 by IJT

Léon Mugesera’s defence lawyer, Félix Rudakemwa, has been fined for “delaying tactics” by the High Court in Kigali, which is trying the academic extradited to Rwanda from Canada in 2012, says the Hirondelle News Agency. His trial has experienced numerous delays since it started, in January 2013. 

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30 April 2014 by IJT

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, and eight defendants held in Misrata appeared via video link at the Al-Hadba Prison Court of Tripoli on Sunday, along with 24 other defendants who appeared in the same court two weeks ago [IJT-157], reports the Libya Herald. Neither of the two most high-profile defendants, Gaddafi and ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi, had lawyers. 

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30 April 2014 by Nathalie Magnien, N'Djamena (Chad)

Twenty three years after the fall of the former Chadian president Hissène Habré, there are some concrete moves towards justice. But there is also uncertainty about whether the thousands of people who suffered under his rule will receive satisfaction, compensation or answers.

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30 April 2014 by IJT

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) issued new arrest warrants in April against the now five suspects charged for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, following the prosecution’s submission of a joint indictment. In February, the STL decided to join the case of Hassan Merhi to that of Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine, Hussein Oneissi and Assad Sabra.  

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30 April 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

To date, international tribunals have provided little clarity on life after conviction. Barbora Hola and Joris van Wijk, criminologists at the Center for International Criminal Justice at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, are running the research project “When Justice is Done”(*). They have been looking into the situations of more than 100 prisoners convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).

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30 April 2014 by Dewan Rai, Kathmandu (Nepal)

Nepal’s parliament finally passed a bill on Friday, 25 April, seven years after it was due, that sets in motion the formation of two separate commissions – on Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) and on Investigation of Missing Persons. At the signing of the peace agreement that had ended, in 2006, a decade-long armed Maoist insurgency in the country that claimed nearly 16,000 lives and 1,300 missing persons, a TRC was envisaged within six months.

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30 April 2014 by Clive Muhenga, Arusha (Tanzania)

After many postponements, the trial of Pentecostal Pastor Jean Uwinkindi – the first accused to be handed over to Kigali by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) – is now set to begin on 14 May. The long delays have brought into focus the many challenges in bringing transferred cases before Rwandan courts. 

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30 April 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 158.

IJT 158