Government of Rwanda blames Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) for providing early release to genocide convicts.
At his MICT headquarters visit in Tanzania yesterday, Rwanda Minister of Justice Johnston Busingye said that the tribunal’s image is at stake due to unclear releases of those who were convicted by the court.
“The tribunal had achieved a lot but the controversial early release of Genocide masterminds and the fact that those released continue to deny the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and propagate genocide ideology will be the court’s legacy”Busingye said in Arusha
“We are alerting the Tribunal and the International Community that our concerns are founded on the power of unilateralism with which previous controversial early releases were procured. The power to early release needs to be fettered and the person responsible for the releases needs to stop it.” He alerted
Minister Busingye remarked after a controversial early release granted to ICTR convicts was that of Genocide ideologue, Ferdinand Nahimana, who Meron released early “on good conduct” grounds.
It is alleged judge Theodor Meron intends to early release other genocide convicted perpetrators including Col. Aloys Simba, Dominique Ntawukulilyayo and Hassan Ngeze.
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