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02 April 2007 by Ivan Slobod

The first case under Canada’s Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act (2000) opened at the main courthouse in Montreal on March 26, 2007. The defendant, who has been in custody since being arrested in Toronto nearly eighteen months ago, walked into the courtroom more nattily attired than any previous occupant of the prisoner’s box. Désiré Munyaneza, a Rwandan charged with genocide, wore a color-coordinated suit, shirt and tie. He looked around, spotting his wife, other family members, attorneys and the single judge.

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16 April 2007 by -

"The Court is really sorry and we wish you well," said presiding judge Andre Denis to Désiré Munyaneza. The night before, Munyaneza, the first defendant to be prosecuted under Canada's Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act [IJT-65], was attacked at a detention center in Montreal. The assault occurred in a common area of the facility's protective wing. An inmate went after Munyaneza while they were watching television, slashing Munyaneza's eyes and cutting his face.

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23 July 2007 by Ivan Slobod

Enter room 5.01 at the Montreal Courthouse and abandon all illusion: Desire Munyaneza's trial has little chance of changing the face of international criminal justice. Though the Rwandan has been charged with the most serious crimes the international community has yet defined - genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes - his scope of responsibility is limited, and the case is not being tried well.

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