23.02.12 - WEEKLY SUMMARY - ICTR HANDS OVER CASE FILE TO RWANDA, ICC RESTS PROSECUTION EVIDENCE ON BEMBA

 

Arusha, March 23, 2012 (FH) –The Prosecutor of the International Criminal for Rwanda (ICTR), Hassan Bubacar Jallow, this week handed over the case file for genocide-fugitive Fulgence Kayishema to Rwandan Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga, while the prosecution before the International Criminal Court (ICC) closed its evidence in the case of Jean Pierre-Bemba, after presenting 40 witnesses.

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Handing over Kayishema’s file: The Prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Thursday handed over to Rwandan Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga the case file of genocide-fugitive Fulgence Kayishema. The event took place following a decision by the Tribunal to transfer the fugitive’s case to Rwanda for trial. Ngoga seized the opportunity to air his grievances on the way France was handling genocide cases. He disclosed his country’s action last week of sending back home a French rogatory commission as a sign of protest. The commission had come to investigate cases of Rwandans living in France who are accused of participating in the 1994 genocide. Ngoga said his office would reassess the working relationship with France if such European country would not change its approach on the matter.

ICC

Prosecution rests evidence in Bemba’s trial: The prosecution Tuesday concluded its evidence in the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba after presentation of a total of 40 witnesses. Judges are expected next week to meet with the parties for setting a date when the defence case will take off. The former Congolese Senator and leader of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), is charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003.

 

 

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