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18 November 2011 by -

“Courage, Mama!” is the cry that reverberates throughout the courtroom in The Hague. The 64-year-old woman in the dock blows kisses to her weeping daughters. “The truth shall triumph,” vows Yvonne Basebya, suspect in the first genocide case against a Dutch citizen. The facts of the case occurred some 5,000 kilometres away and the legal procedure has been sluggish.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

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18 March 2010 by -

Hutu killers sang his songs as they slaughtered Tutsis in Rwanda and in 2008, judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) found him guilty of incitement to commit genocide. On Thursday, the UN court’s appeals chamber upheld the conviction of Rwandan troubadour Simon Bikindi, along with his sentence of 15 years in prison.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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06 April 2010 by -

Rwanda's Supreme Court has ruled that only the country's military court can hear a plea seeking the release of former Congolese warlord Laurent Nkunda, his lawyer said on Saturday.

 Aime Bokanga, counsel for the former leader of the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), said he was relieved that Nkunda had finally secured a court hearing, but was disappointed the court had not ruled his detention illegal.

Nkunda has been under house arrest in Kigali since January last year.

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24 March 2010 by -

A Dutch investigating judge, two court registrars, a representative of the prosecution and a defence lawyer have been in Kigali since March 15th, hearing testimony from 30 witnesses in the appeals case of convicted torturer Joseph Mpambara.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

A district court in The Hague last year sentenced Mpambara to 20 years imprisonment for torture committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He immediately lodged an appeal.

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01 June 2001 by -

The Association internationale des avocats de la défense (International Association for Defence Lawyers, the AIAD) has entered the fray. Taking advantage of Jean-Paul Akayesu's appeal over the freedom to choose his lawyer, the AIAD is asking to be heard as an amicus curiae. Having made this application on April 22nd, it has just filed its brief. In this logically-argued « requête en contrôle judiciaire » (motion for legal supervision), the association is « urging » the international court to set an example.

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12 July 2001 by -

The Prosecutor at the UN Rwanda Tribunal renews accusations of witness and evidence tampering by Joseph Kanyabashi's defense investigators. On July 10, the judges in the Butare Trial handily rejected the prosecution's motion for an investigation into alleged witness intimidation and evidence tampering by former bourgmestre Joseph Kanyabashi's defense team, finding the allegations « lack*ed+ precision » and relied on hearsay.

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01 June 2001 by -

Préfet of Cyangugu

Emmanuel Bagambiki is accused of genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity, serious violations of Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions and of Additionnal Protocol II.
© Réseau Intermedia.

Proceeding

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01 June 2001 by -

Minister of Health in the Rwandese Provisional Governement

Casimir Bizimungu is accused of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol II. Defense Counsel

  • Michelyne St Laurent

Proceeding

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24 May 2011 by -

Four senior officers of the Rwandan army were convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on 17 May for crimes committed during the genocide in 1994. But in the case of the former chief of staff of the Gendarmerie Augustin Ndindiliyimana, the sentencing clearly exposed the damage done by one of the tribunal’s worst failings: a preventive detention that went out of control.

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