Arusha, March 26, 2012 (FH) – A Referral Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Monday granted prosecution motion to transfer the case of genocide fugitive and former Mayor Charles Sikubwabo to Rwanda for prosecution.

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The move followed a motion filed on November 4, 2010 alongside two other genocide accused whose cases have already been referred to Rwanda for trial. These include the case involving Pastor Jean Uwinkindi who is under the custody of ICTR waiting for the finalization of his transfer and that of Fulgence Kayishema, a former Judicial Police Inspector who is still at large.

Judges had previously denied such applications saying they were not convinced that the accused would receive fair trial.

‘’This Chamber notes that, in the intervening period, Rwanda has made material changes in its laws and has indicated its capacity and willingness to prosecute cases referred by this Tribunal,’’ reads part of the ruling.

The Referral Chamber also ordered the Tribunal’s Prosecutor to hand over the materials supporting the indictment to the Rwandan Prosecutor General not later than 30 days after the decision has become final.

Sindikubwabo, former Mayor of Gishyita commune in Kibuye prefecture is charged with genocide or in the alternative complicity in genocide as well as conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity.