02.08.2010 - ICTR/NTAWUKULILYAYO
According to a statement issued by ICTR recently, the judgement would be handed down by the Tribunal's Trial Chamber III presided by Pakistan Judge Khalida Khan.
Ntawukulilyayo has pleaded not guilty to three counts of genocide, complicity in genocide, as alternative count and direct and public incitement to commit genocide in Gisagara sub-prefecture in Butare, (south Rwanda) between April 6 and July 17, 1994.
During closing arguments in June, the prosecution requested for a maximum penalty of life imprisonment whereas the defence sought for acquittal.
Ntawukulilyayo was arrested in France in 2007. He was transferred to the ICTR on June 5, 2008. The prosecution concluded its case on May 26, 2009 after fielding a total of 12 witnesses whereas the defence rested its case on December 18, the same year upon presenting 23 witnesses, including the accused himself.
Born in 1942 in Mubuga Commune, Gikongoro Prefecture (south Rwanda), the accused was allegedly responsible for killing or causing serious bodily or mental harm to Tutsis with intent to destroy them in whole or in part.
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