9 November 2012

Africa: Weekly Summary - ICC Prosecutor Calls for Cooperation On Libya Crimes, Sweden Indicts One for Genocide

Arusha — The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week called for better cooperation by States with crimes committed in Libya, while a Court in Sweden indicted one of its citizen for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide.


Court indicts Swedish of Rwanda original: A court in Sweden on Monday indicted a Swedish citizen of Rwandan origin, Stanislas Mbanenande, for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide. The prosecution said his trial is set to start on November 16, and will be the first such case in Sweden. The man is suspected of the most serious crimes, including genocide and crimes against international law in Kibuye prefecture, Western Rwanda.


Ngoga reacts on UK treatment over genocide suspects:On MondayRwandan Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga expressed his disappointment on how United Kingdom was handling the question of genocide fugitives in the country. He was reacting to an article, saying a Rwandan, Modeste Kennedy Hakizimana, was being suspected of taking part in the 1994 genocide, but currently works as a taxi driver in the UK and cannot be deported to Rwanda because of human rights laws.


Tribunal sets to complete its trials by 2014: Officials of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Thursday announced that the Tribunal expects to complete all its judicial activities by the end of 2014, in accordance with a UN deadline. The officials said there were now two main judicial tasks, which the Tribunal has to complete the last first-instance trial, and to clear all other judgments and decisions.


Prosecutor calls for cooperation on Libya: On Wednesday, Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda called for better cooperation by states and international organizations with regard to crimes committed in Libya. Bensouda was presenting a fourth report on the situation in Libya before the UN Security Council when she said since March 2011when the court opened investigations into international crimes committed in the north African country, it has issued 130 requests for assistance, many of which have yet to be fully executed.

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