4 February 2013

Rwanda: ICTR Acquits Two Ex-Ministers

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) today overturned Genocide convictions of two Rwandan ex-ministers and ordered their immediate release.

Appeals judge Theodor Meron overturned convictions for complicity to commit genocide and incitement to commit genocide against Justin Mugenzi, who was trade minister during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and Prosper Mugiraneza, former minister in charge of civil servants.

In September 2011, the tribunal had sentenced each to 30 years in prison, in the case commonly known as Government II - after finding them guilty of conspiracy to commit genocide, and direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

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