Arusha, April 29, 2011 (FH) -There was no hearing this week before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) because of a short Easter recess.

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But, next week many activities are to take place at the two international courts.

At the ICTR, there would be resumption, on Tuesday, of defence hearing in cases involving former Youth Minister Callixte Nzabonimana and ex-Rwandan Mayor, Grégoire Ndahimana.

Nzabonimana is charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, extermination and murder, whereas Ndahimana faces charges of genocide or complicity in genocide, in the alternative and extermination, as a crime against humanity.

Before the ICC, there would be resumption of trial of former Congolese rebel leaders Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo on Monday, with the defence continuing to present its case. The duo is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity for murder, rape and sexual slavery.

The same day, there would also be trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba, the leader of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), when the prosecution would continue calling its witnesses to support charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes he is facing.

Most importantly within next week , the ICC Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, would be in New York to present to the UN Security Council his first report on crimes perpetrated in Libya where he had opened an investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity and war crimes.   

The Security Council Resolution 1970, adopted on 26 February 2011, referred the Libya situation to the ICC prosecutor. The Resolution considered "that the widespread and systematic attacks taking place in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya against the civilian population may amount to crimes against humanity."


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