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01 June 2001 by -

Pastor

Elizaphan Ntakirutimana is accused of genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions and of Additional Protocol II.
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Identity

  • He had been president of the 7th Day Adventist Church at the Kibuye municipal council, and pastor of the Mugonero church in Gishyita.

Chamber

  • Erik Mose, Navanethem Pillay, Andresia Vaz

Prosecutor

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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 -

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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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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15 September 2001 by -

The Opening of the Ntakirutimana Trial before the ICTR

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11 October 2001 by -

In the middle of the Ntakirutimana trial, the prosecution again asked the judges to take it as well-established fact that genocide occurred in Rwanda. That prompted a spirited challenge from Ramsey Clark who told the judges they had no business writing history. Back in July, the prosecution requested « judicial notice » of some 32 « adjudicated facts » ranging from the date of former President Juvenal Habyarimana\'s plane crash to the existence of a « genocidal plan to exterminate the Tutsi ethnic group in Rwanda.

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31 October 2001 by -

In the Ntakirutimana trial, two prosecution witnesses have raised doubts about the Tribunal's earlier judgments. In the genocide trial against Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana and his son, Dr. Gérard Ntakirutimana, the lead prosecutor, Charles Adeogun-Phillips, called two witnesses who threw into question the results in his two previous trials.

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Gérard Ntakirutimana is accused of genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions and of Additional Protocol II.
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Chamber

  • Erik Mose, Navanethem Pillay, Andresia Vaz

Prosecutor

  • Charles Phillips

Proceedings

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18 September 2001 by -

On September 18, 2001, Ramsey Clark delivered a surprisingly apolitical defense at the trial of Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana and his son Dr. Gérard Ntakirutimana. Pastor Ntakirutimana is the first cleric to go to trial at the Tribunal. Like the two Rwandan nuns recently convicted in Belgium for providing petrol to immolate Tutsis, the pastor and the doctor stand accused of betraying their callings and their charges.

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06 September 2004 by Thierry Cruvellier

In the space of a week, just before the summer recess, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has handed down one life sentence, confirmed a second and heard the parties debate two other appeal verdicts. The four cases all concern Rwandan personalities prosecuted for crimes committed in 1994 in the same region, eastern Kibuye.

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