UNITED NATIONS TRIBUNAL TO COMMENCE PRE-TRIAL HEARING OF SUSPECTED FINANCIER OF RWANDA’S 1994 GENOCIDE
The United Nations tribunal will on Wednesday commence a pre-trial hearing of a suspected financier of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.
Report says, Felicien Kabuga, one of Rwanda’s richest men, is currently being accused of crimes against humanity including genocide, complicity in genocide and incitement to commit genocide, for having helped to create a militia group and using his media company to incite people to murder.
A courtroom sketch made on May 20, 2020, shows Kabuga wearing a protective face mask as he appeared publicly for the first time at the Paris Court of Appeal.
The former tea and coffee tycoon was then transferred to The Hague in advance of his trial in Tanzania at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, MICT, the UN tribunal that took over responsibility for trying those accused of atrocities in the Rwandan genocide after the ICTR wound up in 2012.
Kabuga’s lawyers will be asked to update the MICT on Wednesday on how their preparations for trial were proceeding.
He said Kabuga – aged 84 according to the arrest warrant even though he says he is 87 – could appear in a courtroom in The Hague or via videolink from his detention centre.
He is also accused of bankrolling and importing huge numbers of machetes for ethnic Hutu militias who killed hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda during a 100-day period in 1994.
Kabuga has denied all charges labelled against him.