Monday, February 27, 2012
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), set up to try persons responsible for the 1994 Rwandan genocide, has decided to transfer to Rwandan authorities the case of Fulgence Kayishema, an indicted former police inspector who remains at large.
Since the accused is yet to be arrested, the referral chamber requested that Rwanda, upon apprehension of the accused or receiving news or confirmation of his death, to provide the ICTR or the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals with regular reports on efforts taken to apprehend him.
This is the second case the ICTR has decided to transfer to Rwandan national authorities. The first was that of Pastor Jean Uwinkindi whose transfer decision was made last year. However, Mr. Uwinkindi’s transfer is yet to be effected because the President of the ICTR wants to be satisfied that a suitable monitoring mechanism has been established first. Thus, it remains to be seen whether and when this latest decision will be upheld and effectuated.