Arusha, 23 March 2009 (FH) - The Office of Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will not appeal the acquittal in December of General Gratien Kabiligi, former Rwandan Chief of Military Operations, reports Hirondelle Agency.

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"After a careful analysis of the written judgement, the prosecutor decided not to file an appeal in this case", according to Dr Alex Obote-Odora, Chief of Appeals in the Prosecutor's office.

During the judgement on 18 December, the presiding Judge Erik Mose had only read the summary. The parties only received the full text of the judgement at the beginning of February

General Kabiligi, who was chief of military operations to the General Staff headquarters of the Rwandan army during the 1994 genocide, had appeared alongside three other officers who, for their part, were sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Among them is the former Cabinet Director to Defence Minister, Colonel Theoneste Bagosora, who was accused of being the "mastermind" of the genocide.

The Chamber concluded on Bagosora's responsibility in the targeted assassinations of politicians after the crash of the presidential plane, in the evening of 6 April 1994, and in the massacres of Tutsis at roadblocks in Kigali and Gisenyi, northern Rwanda.

Bagosora immediately announced, through his French lawyer Raphael Constant that he would appeal against his client's life sentence.


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