Arusha, November 15, 2013 (FH) – For the first time, the Paris Appeals Court approved decisions to extradite Rwandans to their country. Meanwhile Senegal and Chad said they want the trial of former Chadian president Hissène Habré brought to their people by radio and television.

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RWANDA/FRANCETransferred cases “unreasonably slow”: Civil parties and defence say two genocide cases transferred to France by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) are going “unreasonably” slowly, according to a report published Monday on the website of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT). The cases of former Kigali priest Wenceslas Munyeshyaka and former prefect of Gikongoro Laurent Bucyibaruta were transferred to France in November 2007. The two men are currently living in France, outside detention but under judicial surveillance.

Paris Appeals Court approves Rwandan extraditions: For the first time in its history, the Paris Appeals Court on Wednesday authorized the extradition of Rwandans wanted by their country for suspected participation in the 1994 genocide. Breaking with several previous decisions on the issue, the Court deemed that Claude Muhayimana and Innocent Musabyimana would get a fair trial in Rwanda and that their lives would not be in danger. The two men announced they would now appeal to the Court of Cassation, France’s highest court.

SENEGAL/CHADTelevised coverage of Habré trial: Senegal and Chad want the trial of former Chadian president Hissène Habré covered by radio and television, Senegalese Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba said on Wednesday. He was speaking in Dakar during a visit of his Chadian counterpart Jean-Bernard Padaré. Habré, who has been living in exile in Senegal since 1990, was charged in July with war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture committed during his eight years in power. He is expected to be tried by a special African Union-backed tribunal in Dakar.

ICC/LIBYATask sharing: International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN in New York on Thursday that her office has signed a task sharing agreement with Tripoli on tracking suspected perpetrators of crimes committed in Libya since February 15, 2011. The aim is to bring them to justice either at the ICC or in Libya, she said. The ICC will focus mainly on suspects outside Libya while Libyan judicial authorities will focus on those in Libya.

NEXT WEEKThe trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang, which has been suspended since November 8, is set to resume Thursday before the ICC.