Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 June 2009

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda




International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda



ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 30, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general and the spokesperson for the general assembly president.


On Rwanda, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, (ICTR), says that both the prosecution and defence lawyers have completed their arguments in the second so-called “military trial”.  The case involves four former Rwandan military officials.  They include Gen. Augustin Bizimungu, former chief of staff of the Rwandan army and Gen. Augustine Ndindiliyimana, former chief of staff of the Gendarmerie Nationale.  The accused are jointly charged with genocide or complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity.


The Prosecution is seeking life imprisonment for the accused.  The trial began in September 2004 and lasted 392 days of hearings, with 208 witnesses testifying.  No date has been set yet for the verdict.




United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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