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31 Oct 2012 description

Kigali, October 31, 2012 (FH) – More than 50,000 people suspected of having participated in the 1994 genocide are still at large in various African and European countries, according to the Rwandan Prosecutor General’s office.

The Rwandan judicial authorities have only issued arrest warrants for 146 of these suspects but state they are working on the case files of the others.

Most of these people have been tried and convicted in absentia by the semi-traditional gacaca courts which finished working at the end of June.

09 Jul 2012 description

Arusha, July 9, 2012 (FH) – Six Western African leaders have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate war crimes in northern Mali.

The Heads of State from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, Togo and Burkina Faso reportedly held a mini-Summit in Ouagadougou on Saturday to discuss, among others, the political crisis in Mali.

Over the past week, armed Islamist fighters have descended on cemeteries holding the remains of Timbuktu's Sufi saints, systematically destroying its six most famous tombs.

04 Jun 2012 description

Arusha, June 4, 2012 (FH) – Malawi is to arrest Sudanese President Hassan Omar Al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, if he sets foot in the country next month for the African Union Summit.

19 Apr 2012 description

Arusha, April 19, 2012 (FH) - Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi is charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity for crimes committed in Kanzenze commune, Kigali-rural prefecture, between April 7 and July 1994.

At the time of the genocide in Rwanda, he was Pastor of of the Pentecostal church of Kayenzi in Kenzenze commune. The ICTR Prosecutor alleges in an eight-page indictment that “he led a group of killers to look for and exterminate Tutsi” and that the group lived at the Kayenzi church.

27 Jan 2012 description

Arusha, January 24, 2012 (FH) - Kigali has hailed Canada's deportation of Rwandan scholar Leon Mugesera and the expected transfer of a first genocide suspect from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as signs of progress in the Rwandan justice system. Mugesera arrived in the Rwandan capital on Tuesday after finally losing a 16-year battle against extradition, while the ICTR is expected to transfer Pastor Jean Uwinkindi not later than February 23 to face justice in Rwanda.