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Rwanda genocide tribunal transfers fourth case to national courts

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Rwanda genocide tribunal transfers fourth case to national courts

The Referral Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday transferred the case of Ladislas Ntaganzwa to the Rwandan national court system.

Ntaganzwa, a former mayor of Nyakizu commune in Butare, remains at large. He has been charged with conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the Geneva Conventions.

The chamber expressed "its solemn hope that the Republic of Rwanda, in accepting referrals fiorn this Tribunal, will acutalise in practice the commitments it has made about its good faith, capacity and willingness to enforce the highest standards of international justice in the referred cases".

Ntaganzwa's case is the fourth to be transferred to Rwandan national courts. Last month the court confirmed and proceeded with the transfer of former Rwandan pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi, making him the first ICTR genocide suspect to be transferred to a national court. Uwinkindi was charged in 2001 with genocide and crimes against humanity.

In December, the ICTR upheld the decision to transfer the case to a Rwandan court. The ICTR initially ordered the transfer in June under Rule 11 bis, which authorizes the transfer of cases to appropriate national jurisdictions. Uwinkindi pleaded not guilty in 2010.

The other two transferred cases are against Fulgence Kayishema, a former police inspector, and Charles Sikubwabo, former Bourgmestre of Gishyita, Kibuye Prefecture. Both suspects remain at large.

(Published by Jurist - May 9, 2012)

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