A fairly significant development this morning — the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda delivered its judgment in the “Government II” case, an important case involving four ministerial level officials. The Trial Chamber convicted Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza of conspiracy to commit genocide and direct and public incitement and sentenced to 30 years. But, in a blow to the Office of the Prosecutor the Trial Chamber acquitted Casimir Bizimungu and Jérôme-Clément Bicamumpaka outright and ordered their immediate release. Here is a summary of the judgment.
The Gov II trial has been notorious for its sluggish pace. The trial began in 2003 and took five years to complete. The Trial Chamber took three years to issue its decision. During that time, a judge, prosecutor and defense counsel assigned to the case all passed away.
The full judgment has not yet been released, but the summary references a number of fair trial issues with the trial.