Tribunal adjourns retrial of genocide convict

Friday September 28 2018

Walk to remember

Rwandan youth during a Walk to Remember, an event to mark the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. MICTR has postponed the hearing of Augustin Ngirabatware. PHOTO | FILE 

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The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (MICTR) has postponed the retrial hearing of Augustin Ngirabatware, genocide Convict until further notice.

This was done to allow the tribunal to scrutinise new allegations of contempt and bribery.

The genocide convict, on June 19 last year, requested the appeal chamber of the tribunal to review his case on grounds of new information which constituted different facts.

The tribunal later granted the review, allowing parties to provide supporting and rebuttal evidence concerning the new facts.

In a statement by the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, the hearing of the revised case which was scheduled late this month was adjourned until new announcement to allow Ngirabatware prepare for the next defence.

“Considering that, in view of the amount of the disclosed material and its direct relevance to the review proceedings, it is appropriate to adjourn the review hearing until further order of the Appeals Chamber in order to provide Ngirabatware adequate time to prepare,” reads part of the statement.

The court stated that it had noted Mr Ngirabatware's submissions relating to the amount of disclosed allegations originating from the case of Maximilien Turinabo and four of his co-accused and decided to add more time to prepare for the review hearing.

Rwanda Prosecution Authority acting on the request of the tribunal arrested five Rwandan suspects following fresh evidence.

The five suspects are Maximilien Turinabo, Anselme Nzabonimpa, Jean de Dieu Ndagijimana, Marie Rose Fatuma and Dick Prudence Munyeshuli.