Arusha, August 9, 2013 (FH) – Kigali decides to keep in jail a suspect transferred from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, while the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a new warning to those committing crimes in the Central African Republic.

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RWANDAFormer militiaman stays in jail: A court in Kigali decided on Tuesday to keep in jail a former political leader transferred last month by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  Bernard Munyagishari is the second and last ICTR accused person to be handed over to the Rwandan judicial authorities for trial. During the 1994 genocide he was secretary-general of the former ruling party MRND for the northern town of Gisenyi, and also head of the Interahamwe militia in the same region. According to the ICTR indictment, he is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity.

RWANDA/DRCRwanda examines Congolese arrest warrants: Kigali is examining arrest warrants issued by Kinshasa against four Congolese rebel leaders on Rwandan territory, according to both Justice Minister Johnston Busingye and Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo in statements this week. The arrest warrants, issued last month, target among others Jean-Runiga, president of the M23 Congolese Tutsi rebel group. Kinshasa wants Runiga and three other M23 leaders for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

ICC/CARBensouda issues new warning: ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Wednesday issued a new warning to perpetrators of crimes in the Central African Republic. On the basis of a report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, she considers that crimes being committed in the CAR could fall under the ICC’s jurisdiction. The ICC is currently trying Congolese Senator Jean-Pierre Bemba for crimes committed in the CAR in 2002 and 2003.

NEXT WEEKDecision Tuesday on Rwandan extradition request: French judicial authorities are due to hand down a decision Tuesday on a Rwandan extradition request for Colonel Laurent Serubuga, former deputy chief of staff of the Rwandan army.