article
04 October 2001 by -

The ICTR has been aware of fee-splitting between lawyers and their clients since the beginning of the year. Now, the issue has come under the spotlight for the first time in the Nzirorera affair. « I'm stuck, I can't withdraw, I just can't. » Contacted on Thursday by telephone, the Scottish lawyer Andrew McCartan confirmed what he had already told the ICTR Registry and trial chamber two: « Joseph Nzirorera attempted to blackmail me certainly: 'give me $2,500 a month or I'll dismiss you' he told me... I was so amazed. I said okay I'll think about it.

article
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.

article
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.

article
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.

article
23 May 2005 by Emmanuel Chicon

The second "Rwandan" trial that opened in Brussels on 9 May failed to attract the crowd of impassioned spectators who had gathered for the judgement of the Butare Four in 2001. This time, two small-time businessmen appeared in the dock, a successful beer wholesaler and his half-brother, the patron of a street bar and local bus company. Both are accused of actively participating in the execution of the genocide in the prefecture of Kibungo.

article
09 May 2005 by Thierry Cruvellier

On 9 May, four years after the trial of the "Butare four", Belgium reopened the Rwandan genocide file with the trial of two businessmen from Kibungo, Étienne Nzabonimana and Samuel Ndashikirwa. Other proceedings are expected to follow, including the long-awaited trial of Major Bernard Ntuyahaga, suspected of involvement in the death of ten Belgian peacekeepers in Kigali on 7 April 1994. But the most secret and spectacular of all is the pending trial of a certain Ephrem Nkezabera, former banker and a member of the national committee of the Interahamwe militia.

article
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.

article
10 October 2005 by Thierry Cruvellier

The arrest in Gabon of a former leader of the Interahamwe militia Joseph Serugendo coincided with the resumption of the trial of three leaders of the former Rwandan presidential party, the MRND, at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The defendants are principaly accused of having founded and commanded the MRND youth militia, the Interahamwe.

article
27 June 2005 by Franck Petit

As the trial of the two Rwandan businessmen reaches its third week before the Brussels criminal court, Ephrem Nkezabera, a former banker and Interahamwe leader, presented a detailed financial portrait of his once "model" client, Etienne Nzabonimana, the main defendant in the dock.

article
04 February 2007 by our correspondent in Arusha

One of the most important trials before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has again run into difficulty following the withdrawal of a judge for health reasons. Nine years after the arrest of the three defendants—leaders of the former presidential party (MRND) who are among the prime suspects in the 1994 genocide—the trial is unlikely to finish before 2008, the completion date set by the UN Security Council for all ICTR trials.

Pages

MRND