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Genocide suspect Uwinkindi sent for trial in Rwanda from ICTR

The ICTR has for the first time sent a suspect back to Rwanda for trial.

The spokesperson for the Rwandan prosecutor’s office said, “It leaves us with a great feeling of satisfaction. We have shown the world that justice in our country is credible and independent. We thank the ICTR for putting their trust in the Rwandan justice system. Rwandans are pleased to have the chance to see him tried where the crimes were committed.”

Uwinkindiis accused of planning and coordinating the genocide and is definitely an elite perpetrator. It seems strange to me that the ICTR would yield authority to the Rwandan judicial system for such a high level perpetrator.

Apparently, the transfer of cases to national jurisdictions is part of the ICTR’s plan to wind up lower court cases by June and appeals by 2014.

What do you think about this?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17773357

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2 responses to “Genocide suspect Uwinkindi sent for trial in Rwanda from ICTR

  1. skmonroe707 April 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    It seems like, with him being sent to Rwanda, that the trial will be over before it even starts. With certain measure being in place now, like only certain people being able to call themselves ‘survivors’, is he really going to get a fair trial? He’s described as one of the pain perpetrators of the genocide in the BBC article, and he was on the most wanted list. His counsel says that they won’t get a fair trial. Even though Rwanda’s abolished the death penalty it seems to me that he’ll still end up getting the harshest punishment the Rwandan courts can give him.

  2. Alana Tiemessen April 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Given how the trial of Ingabire is going it continues to surprise that the ICTR is willing transfer cases to Rwanda with the assumption that a fair trial is possible. As we learned with Nuremberg, fair trial principle should still be respected even for those whose guilt is almost all but certain. It will be interesting to follow the case from here on.

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