Arusha, September 11, 2001 (FH)-A Malawian jurist has been appointed Deputy Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), filling a post which has been vacant for nearly a year, the Tribunal spokesman announced on Tuesday. Lovemore Green Munlo is a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Malawi.

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ICTR spokesman Kingsley Moghalu said Munlo is expected to take up his post at the beginning of October. "It's a very important position," Moghalu told a press conference,"and the fact that the post has not been filled over the past several months has placed quite a significant burden on the Registrar (…). So I can say that the arrival of Mr. Munlo will certainly be a big help for the Registrar and strengthen the team that is heading the Tribunal's Registry. "The previous Deputy Registrar left last year after her contract was not renewed. Since then, the post has been advertised and re-advertised. Munlo is currently a Principal Partner in a private law firm in Lilongwe. He is a Senior Counsel (SC), the equivalent in Malawi of a Queen's Counsel (QC). The Deputy Registrar heads the ICTR's Judicial and Legal Services division, one of the Registry's two divisions along with Administration. "So the Deputy Registrar has an important role to play in the smooth functioning of the court," said Moghalu. He said this includes supervising such areas as judgement writing, witness protection and witness support and assignment of defence counsel to indigent counsel. AT/JC/PHD/FH (RE0911E)