Arusha, July 19, 2013 (FH) – A Rwandan woman was convicted in the US for hiding her role in the 1994 genocide. At the ICC, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda renewed calls for Côte d’Ivoire to hand over Simone Gbagbo, and two witnesses  due to testify against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta withdrew, citing threats to their security.

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RWANDA/USADaughter-in-law of Pauline Nyiramasuhuko convicted in the US: A woman of Rwandan origin was on Monday sentenced to 10 years in jail and divested of her American nationality for having hidden her role in the 1994 genocide. Béatrice Munyenyezi is the wife of Shalom Ntahobali and daughter-in-law of former Family Affairs Minister Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, who are both on appeal after being given life sentences for genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

ICCBensouda calls on Abidjan to transfer Simone Gbagbo to The Hague: The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday reminded the Ivorian government of its obligation to transfer Simone Gbagbo, wife of the former president, to the Court. A court in Abidjan last week referred Mrs. Gbagbo’s case to a national court, despite the fact that she is under an ICC arrest warrant for crimes against humanity.

Two witnesses withdraw from Kenyatta trial: Two witnesses due to testify against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court have pulled out, saying they fear for their security. ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda informed the judges and defence that she was withdrawing these two witnesses from her list. Kenyatta was elected President in March.

Tripoli must hand Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to the ICC: The ICC Appeals Chamber on Thursday rejected Tripoli’s request to suspend the transfer of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, and reminded Libya of its obligation to transfer the son of the late dictator to the ICC in The Hague.

CAR/FIDHRequest for international prosecution of Seleka elements: The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on Wednesday called for international judicial pursuits against elements of the Seleka rebel coalition now in power in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying they carried out abuses that  could be qualified as war crimes.  The call came after an FIDH mission to the CAR.

SENEGAL/CHADOver 1,000 civil parties registered in Habré case: Some 1,025 victims have registered as civil parties in the case of former Chadian president Hissène Habré, who is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture. Habré, who is living in exile in Senegal, was arrested in Dakar on June 30 and his trial is expected to open next year.