Arusha, 29 October 2009 (FH) - The Prosecutor of International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Hassan Babucar Jallow, says more arrests of genocide fugitives are expected before the end of this year.

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‘'We're expecting more arrests before end of this year,'' he told Hirondelle Agency in an interview Thursday.

The ICTR's tracking team in collaboration with International Police (INTERPOL) recently arrested Gregoire Ndahimana in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Idelphonse Nizeyimana in Uganda. The former was a Mayor whereas the latter was second in command of the Non-commissioned Officers School (ESO) in the southern town of Butare at the time of the genocide.

Both have already appeared in the court and have pleaded not guilty to 1994 killings.

Justice Jallow recently was quoted as saying that the eleven remaining fugitives are holed up in the DRC.

Meanwhile, Justice Jallow has reiterated his determination to file new transfer applications of genocide accused early next year to stand trials in Rwanda despite last year's drawback.

The ICTR, both lower and appeals courts, had rejected five transfer applications on grounds that the accused may not get fair trials in Rwanda. Since then, four trials of the accused have already commenced at the Arusha-based UN Court.

‘'I'll file new transfer applications of genocide accused early next year,'' Justice Jallow told Hirondelle Agency.

He, however, did not disclose the names of accused to be transferred, but hinted that they would be from the pack of eleven fugitives still on the run.

The five accused who were earlier envisaged for transfers to Kigali are Jean Baptiste Gatete, former Mayor; Lieutenant Ildenphonse Hategekimana, former Commander of Ngoma Camp;former businessmen Gaspard Kanyarukiga and Yusuf Munyakazi; and ex-Inspector of Judicial Police, Fulgence Kayishema.

Kayishema is still at large.   

The Prosecutor's transfer strategy is to meet the UN Security Council's extended deadline of December 2010 to complete the trials.

The earlier deadline was December 2009, but the ICTR requested for an additional one year to complete all pending first instance trials smoothly.

Since its establishment in November 1994, the UN Court has convicted 39 persons and acquitted six.


© Hirondelle News Agency