06.06.07 - ICTR/REGISTRAR - "NOTABLE PROGRESS" IN THE SEARCH FOR HOST COUNTRIES FOR THE ACQUITTED

  Arusha, 6 June 2007 (FH) - The international Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (TPIR) announced on Wednesday that "notable progress" had been made in the search for host countries for the three acquitted who do not yet know where to go.   
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The former Minister of Transport Andre Ntagerura and the former Prefect of Cyangugu (southern Rwanda) Emmanuel Bagambiki, were cleared in first instance on 25 February 2004, and then in appeal on 8 February 2006.
 
The former Minister of Teaching, Andre Rwamakuba, was acquitted on 20 September 2006. The Prosecutor did not appeal this decision.
 
"There is notable progress in the consultations that are in progress" between the administration of the ICTR and the Office of the High Commission for Refugees (HCR), indicated to the Hirondelle agency the spokesperson of the Tribunal, Roland Amoussouga. "We await something tangible soon", added Amoussouga; specifying that the consultations are proceeding on the level of the technical teams of the two institutions.
 
According to Adama Dieng, the Registrar of the ICTR, the High Commissioner for Refugees promised, last March, "to try to obtain relocalizations" for the three men
 
The task is complicated for the Registrar due to the statute of the Tribunal which explicitly mentions the obligation of the States to cooperate in the arrests of defendants, but does not, however, contain any provision for the acquitted.
 
The two other people acquitted by the ICTR to date, the former mayors Ignace Bagilishema and Jean Mpambara, were accommodated by France.
 
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