Arusha, February 26, 2004 (FH) – Two former Rwandan senior government officials acquitted of genocide on Wednesday by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) were on Thursday released conditionally. The court had on Wednesday ordered the immediate release of former Minister of Transport and Communications Andre Ntagerura and the former Prefect ofCyangugu, Emmanuel Bagambiki but the prosecution asked the court to vacate the order pending their appeal.

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On Thursday morning, the chamber rendered a decision imposing four conditions to be met by the two former accused. They have to provide the address of residence to the tribunal, report every first Monday of the month to the nearest police station, not to travel outof their country of residence without authorisation from the ICTR and have their travel documents retained by police. These conditions will hold until the Appeals Chamber rules on the prosecution's appeal. The court informed the duo that failure to meet the above conditions would result into being put in protective detention by the tribunal. PJ/CE/FH (CY'0226e)