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19 July 2004 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 9

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  • France;Widow calls France to account 
  • Memories of Iraq; in Kuwait and Iran
  • Rwanda; Kibuye, a “successful” legal saga

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11 December 2001 by -

The Prosecutor's evidence against the Ntakirutimanas resembled a patchwork quilt of half-remembered truth and half-forgotten fiction. On November 2, the prosecution rested its case against Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana and his son, Dr. Gerard Ntakirutimana, after a month-and-a-half (27 days of actual trial) and 19 witnesses - the fastest prosecution case in the history of the ICTR. Although the defense was scheduled to put on its case from January 14 to February 15, 2002, Dr.

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01 June 2001 by -

Director of the Gisovu tea factory

Alfred Musema was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
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Identity

  • Alfred Musema was born on 22 August 1949 in Rutare commune, Byumba prefecture. At the time of the events referred in the indictment, Alfred Musema was the Director of the Gisovu tea factory in Kibuye prefecture.

Charges

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01 June 2001 by -

25th 1999 has been suggested for the opening of the trial of the former Tea factory director from Gisovu in the Kibuye préfecture. Trial Chamber I, presided over by Judge Aspegren in this case, is banking on applying the changes made to the Rules of Procedure in June, aimed at speeding up the trials. The declared objective of this is to finish the trial in three months. He is the most longstanding inmate in the UN prison in Arusha.

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  • France; Un cadavre sort des placards de l’ambassade au Cambodge
  • Irak; Vifs débats en Iran et au Koweït à l’orée du procès Saddam
  • Rwanda; Kibuye, feuilleton “à succès”

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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 -

For the prosecutor, two key legal issues were at stake in the appeals process for the Akayesu and Kayishema/Ruzindana cases. The first concerns war crimes, and the second, concurrent crimes. The June 1 rulings included opinions on the former but not the latter. This is due solely to the way in which the prosecution handled the cases. « Legal Economy »

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01 June 2001 by -

Between February 2nd and 5th, three extra prosecution witnesses gave evidence against Alfred Musema. Like their predecessors, they talked about the massacres on the hills of Bisesero. These escapees filled in gaps in the story of the attack on Muyira hill, in mid-May, and the one on the cave at Nyakavumu. The trial resumes on February 23rd. Witness D is a 38 year-old Tutsi woman from Kibuye. Her job in April 1994 is being kept secret so that her identity is not revealed. For the prosecution, Holo Makwaia indicated that her evidence calls other ICTR defendants into question.

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01 June 2001 by -

From February 23rd to 26th, three more prosecution witnesses were heard in the Musema case. They backed up the previous prosecution evidence regarding the attacks on the hills of Bisesero. To protect the witnesses, some of the hearings were held in camera, which became the norm in that period, making public discussion of the evidence in this case increasingly disjointed and difficult to follow. One version after another painted the picture of the Bisesero massacres.

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01 June 2001 by -

The final phase of prosecution's' case, which opened on April 27th, ended on May 7th. It was noteworthy mainly for the registration of a new indictment including charges of sexual violence. However, in a far more low-key way, the last few hours of the prosecution's case finally bestowed Alfred Musema's trial with a political and historical perspective that had hitherto been totally glossed over.

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