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Félicien Kabuga, the last judgment

Félicien Kabuga played the last of the great roles in the most litigated genocide in history: after having been the last of the great fugitives for a long time, he came to close the proceedings of the UN tribunal in charge of trying those responsible for the genocide of the Tutsis of Rwanda, perpetrated in 1994. The man who at one time had the reputation of being the richest man in Rwanda was already very old and ill. His trial opened in The Hague on 29 September 2022, and proceeded at a fatally slow pace, out of sight, towards an outcome that seemed increasingly uncertain. The former businessman was accused of having financed the Interahamwe militia as well as Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM), a private station that called for murder during the massacres. He was charged with genocide, incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity. In the end, he would never be tried, the Appeals chamber having concluded in August 2023 that his state of health no longer permitted it, despite the attempts of the prosecutor and trial judges to hold the trial at all costs.

Final curtain falls on Kabuga trial

It's the end of an era: the last major suspect in the 1994 Rwanda genocide will not be tried by international justice. On August 7, the Appeals Chamber of the international Mechanism, which took over from the UN tribunal for Rwanda, ordered that Félicien Kabuga’s trial be stopped because the alleged financier of the Tutsi […]
By Balthazar Nduwayezu
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Félicien Kabuga, dans un fauteuil roulant, semble fuir un énorme poste de radio rouge sang, de marque
Illustration : © Elza Montlahuc for JusticeInfo.net