Rwanda Protests delay Kabuga Trial in Hague Court


Nishka Srinivas Veluvali

Published On: December 19, 2021 at 12:00 IST

Rwanda objected the postponement to the start of the alleged Genocide Financier Felicien Kabuga, who was taken into custody in France in May 2020 after being on run for 25 years and is held back in Hague from commencing the Trial unresolved from October 2020 by the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT).

The Trial was said to be delayed due to the Associates of Mr Kabuga. Kabuga Associates bank accounts were frozen on suspicion to avoid the Arrest and then filed a Motion before the Court requesting to regain access to their funds.

The Motion put forth to the Security Council on 13 December, claimed that Kabuga associates had filed a pre-trial brief and replied to additional Litigation commenced by Mr Kabuga’s family and related third parties with regarding the Seized Assets.

However, the postponement of this Trial was strongly condemned by the Rwanda as the primary priority id to provide Justice and thus Kabuga claimed that the Trial should be initiated right away without any delays.

“The priority of the government of Rwanda and the priority of justice is and should be that the trial should start”, stated Rwanda’s ambassador to the UN, Valentine Rugwabiza.

Ms Rugwabiza even claimed that other countries have failed to apprehend fugitives convicted for genocides.

Five indictments have been released for the countries of France, Italy and Sweden this year.

However, the authorities claim that they failed to comprehend them due to lack of political willingness by the countries and conceal the identities.

Rwanda Government claimed that this not only provides them with safe haven but also permits them to use the territory for the disruptive activities and propagate the massacre ideology all over.

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