Friday, 24 February 2012

Rwanda | Pastor Jean Uwinkindi to be transferred to Rwanda – ICTR Spokesman Roland Amousouga

Photo: Pastor Jean Uwinkindi
The spokesman for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) based in Arusha, Tanzania has said that nothing will stop the transfer of Pastor Jean Uwinkindi to Rwanda. The latter is accused of crimes against humanity committed in 1994 his Kanzenze parish church, Bugesera
Roland Amousouga also revealed that Uwinkindi’s transfer is scheduled for Thursday February 23rd 2012. He told reporters that the transfer is due before or at the latest February 23 as was required by the decision of the appeals chamber. Uwinkindi’s defense team had repeatedly asked the tribunal to cancel the transfer decision.
On 16 December 2011, the ICTR Appeals Chamber affirmed the 28 June 2011 decision by the Referral Chamber, which ordered that the Accused Jean Uwinkindi be transfered Rwanda for trial under Rule 11bis.
The Appeals Chamber dismissed Uwinkindi’s appeals regarding concerns over fair trial rights and the prospective conditions of detention, recalling that the Referral Chamber reached its conclusions ‘based on the totality of the evidence and arguments before it’, while noting that the detention conditions would be monitored by a representative of the Tribunal or the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Uwinkindi had been previously convicted in absentia by two Gacaca courts in Rwanda, convictions which were later vacated by Gacaca appellate courts in order to pave the way for referral and prevent any violation of the principle of double jeopardy.
Pentecostal Pastor Jean Uwinkindi was arrested in Uganda in June 2010 and transferred to the ICTR detention facility in Arusha, Tanzania. He is accused of genocide and crimes against humanity committed in 1994 in particularly in his Kanzenze parish church in Bugesera district where he was a pastor.


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