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UN tribunal declares Rwanda genocide suspect unfit to stand trial

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The Worldwide Residual Mechanism for Prison Tribunals (IRMCT), a United Nations (UN) tribunal, declared Wednesday that Félicien Kabuga, one of many final fugitives of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, is unfit to face trial as a consequence of dementia.

IRMCT thought of the opinion of medical specialists, who mentioned that the “penalties of dementia deprive Mr. Kabuga of the capabilities needed for significant participation in a trial” and that “he is not going to get well these capacities as a result of his situation is characterised by progressive and irreversible decline.” In mild of Kabuga’s unfitness for trial, the judges said that they’ll set up “another discovering process that resembles a trial as intently as potential, however with out the opportunity of a conviction.”

Accused of masterminding and financing the genocide of the Tutsi ethnic minority group in Rwanda, Kabuga was arrested close to Paris, France in 2020. He was first indicted by the Worldwide Prison Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 1997 earlier than being transferred to the IRMCT. The IRMCT then charged him in 2021 with genocide pursuant to Articles 2(3)(a) and 6(1) of theICTR Statute, direct and public indictment to commit genocide pursuant to Articles 2(3)(c) and 6(1) of the ICTR Statute, conspiracy to commit genocide pursuant to Articles 2(3)(b) and 6(1) of the ICTR Statute, persecution on political grounds pursuant to Articles 3(h) and 6(1) of the ICTR Statute, extermination pursuant to Articles 3(b) and 6(1) of the ICTR Statute and homicide pursuant to Articles 3(a) and 6(1) of the ICTR Statute.

Yolande Mukakasana, a author and survivor of the 1994 genocide, criticized the ruling, stating that “[t]he resolution by the courtroom is prone to undermine the spirit of reconciliation happening in Rwanda. As a genocide survivor, I don’t perceive this.”

The choice comes round two weeks after the IRMCT announced the arrest of Fulgence Kayishema, who can also be charged with genocide and crimes in opposition to humanity throughout the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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