Arusha, March 9, 2012 (FH) -The International Criminal Court (ICC) will delivery its first judgment in the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo next week, while the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is expected to receive a report on the establishment of monitoring mechanism for trial for Pastor Jean Uwinkindi in Rwanda.

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Lubanga judgment: The Commander-in-Chief of the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, will receive the judgment in his case on Wednesday (March 14). This is the first judgment for the ICC since its establishment in 2002. Lubanga is accused of having committed, as a co-perpetrator, war crimes of recruiting children under the age of 15 years into the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of the Congo and using them to participate actively in hostilities in Ituri, a district of the eastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, between September 2002 and August 2003.

Resumption of Bemba's trial: On Tuesday (March 13), there will be resumption of the case involving Jean-Pierre Bemba. The prosecution is expected to call its last witness. Thirty-nine witnesses have testified to support charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Central African Republic.   

Extradition debate over Habre: There will be discussion on Monday (March 12) on extradition of ex-Chadian President Hissène Habré from Senegal to Belgium, where he is wanted for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture for acts committed during his rule, from 1982 to 1990. Habre has been living in exile in Dakar since 1990.   


Report to President on Uwinkindi's transfer: The Registrar is expected to report to the president on March 16, the steps that have been undertaken to secure monitoring mechanism of the trial of Pastor Jean Uwinkindi in Rwanda. The defendant's effective transfer has been stayed pending the establishment of a suitable monitoring mechanism for his trial.

Continuation of Ngirabatware trial: The prosecution in the case of former Rwandan Planning Minister Augustin Ngirabatware continues on Monday (March 12) with presentation of its additional evidence to challenge the defence of alibi for the accused over his absence in Rwanda during genocide between April 23 and May 23, 1994. The accused claims that within the period in question he was in Senegal and Swaziland. The ex-minister is charged with conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide or in the alternative, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, extermination and rape as crimes against humanity.


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