Sixth new trial of 2009 begins at ICTR 23 Sep 2009
The sixth new trial since the beginning of the year has commenced at the ICTR against Augustin Ngirabatware.

Augustin NgirabatwareThe International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has begun proceedings against the former Minister of Planning in the Interim Government of Rwanda, Augustin Ngirabatware. Ngirabatware is the son-in-law of the man considered the most wanted fugitive of the Tribunal, Félicien Kabuga.

The case against Ngirabatware, originally scheduled to commence in August, began before Trial Chamber II at 9 a.m. on Wednesday 23 September 2009. Ngirabatware is charged with genocide, complicity to genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. According the Indictment against him, the Accused used funds from his government department to finance the genocide in 1994, with state development funds used to purchase weapons to arm the civilian population and Interahamwe militias.

The Prosecution alleges that in the months preceding the genocide Ngirabatware called on the Hutu population to be vigilant against the Tutsi “enemy” and its accomplices – “Hutu married to Tutsi women” – with statements attributed to Ngirabatware in which he repeatedly called for the extermination of the Tutsi population. Though the Prosecution does not accuse Ngirabatware of participating directly in the killings, he is charged on the basis of his individual criminal responsibility under articles 6(1) and 6(3) of the Statute by reason of his academic status and government position.

German legal battle

Ngirabatware was arrested in Frankfurt, Germany on 17 September 2007, after an arrest warrant was issued in 2001. Following a failed legal challenge against his transfer before the German courts, Ngirabatware was eventually transferred to the custody of the Tribunal in October 2008.

The case is the sixth new trial to begin in 2009 following the commencement of proceedings against Idelphonse Hategekimana, Yussuf Munyakazi, Dominique Ntawukuriryayo, Tharcisse Muvunyi and Gaspard Kanyarukiga. Last week Michel Bagaragaza became the ninth genocide suspect to plead guilty before the ICTR.

Augustin Ngirabatware

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