Arusha, December 10, 2010 (FH) -Three events featured before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) this week, including delivery of judgement against former Rwandan military officer, Lieutenant Ildephonse Hategekimana, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide, murder and rape as crimes against humanity.

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The Tribunal convicted Hategekimana, officer who commanded the small military camp of Ngoma in Butare prefecture (southern Rwanda) in 1994, after being satisfied beyond reasonable doubts that he ordered the killing of Tutsis who had sought refuge at Ngoma church.     

Other events were presentation of six monthly reports on ICTR completion strategy by President Dennis Byron and Prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow before the Security Council and continuation of trial of ex-Rwandan Planning Minister Augustin Ngirabatware.

In his presentation, the ICTR president called upon international community to urgently resolve the problem involving relocation of people who have been acquitted by the Tribunal.

Despite significant efforts by the registrar, he said, three acquitted persons have still not been resettled and remained in safe houses in Arusha.

They are former Rwandan Transport Minister Andre Ntagerura, who was acquitted in 2006, former military officer, Brigadier General Gratien Kabiligi, who was freed in 2008 and businessman Protais Zigiranyirazo, a brother-in-law of the late president Juvenal Habyarimana, who was cleared in 2009.

The president warned that if such problem would not be dealt with in a comprehensive and long-term approach, interests of justice and rule of law would not be served.

The prosecutor, in his part, urged the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Zimbabwe and neighbouring states to intensify cooperation in tracking the remaining 10 fugitives.

In the trial of Ngirabatware, the prosecution started cross-examining him after concluding his examination in chief. The trial continues Monday.


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