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22 November 2004 by -

There has been a new twist to the chaotic so-called «Government I» trial. A year after it opened before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the trial was ordered to start again from scratch before a new panel of judges. Now the news agency Hirondelle reports that the prosecution has asked for one of the accused, André Rwamakuba, to be tried separately. The prosecutor says he wants the case to «focus on the conspiracy within the MRND», the former presidential party, of which Rwamakuba was not a member.

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12 September 2005 by -

In the wake of judge Andrésia Vaz's careless slip a year ago, the appeals chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) ordered a retrial for defendants in the so called Government I trial. Not long after, the prosecutor filed a request for one of the four accused to be tried separately. Judge Dennis Byron has thus inherited two cases. The trial of André Rwamakuba, the former minister of Education, is now at the end of the prosecution phase.

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21 February 2005 by -

The former Rwandan minister for primary and secondary education is finally to be tried alone. On 14 February, judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) granted the prosecution\'s request to sever Rwamakuba\'s trial from that of the three other leaders of the former presidential party, the MRND. The four were indicted seven years ago and their trial opened at the end of 2003. A year later, the Appeals Chamber ordered it to start again from scratch after there was an appearance of bias from the three judges.

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06 December 2004 by our correspondent

Nothing seems to be going right for the Government I trial at the Arusha Tribunal. The trial, which began a year ago, was adjourned after six months, and then, in October, the Appeals Chamber ordered it to start again from scratch before a new panel of judges. Today, it is the focus of renewed battles between defence teams and the prosecutor's office.

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25 September 2006 by Thierry Cruvellier

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has handed down three decisions in two weeks. Two of the defendants, a former mayor and a former minister, were acquitted. The third, a former officer, was found guilty of genocide and sentenced to 25 years in prison. However these verdicts are not nearly as striking as the new clear and firm tone some of the judges have adopted.

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