Ibuka threatens to cut ties with ICTR

KIGALI - The president of Ibuka, an umbrella body of Genocide survivorss associations, has threatened to cease cooperation with the Arusha-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) for what the group described as “unfair judgment” in two cases where top Genocide suspects were acquitted.
ISSUED WARNING: Theodore Simburudari
ISSUED WARNING: Theodore Simburudari

KIGALI - The president of Ibuka, an umbrella body of Genocide survivorss associations, has threatened to cease cooperation with the Arusha-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) for what the group described as “unfair judgment” in two cases where top Genocide suspects were acquitted.

Theodore Simburudari accused the ICTR of regularly neglecting and watering down testimonies given by 1994 Genocide survivors.

“Most testimonies from the witnesses are neglected yet those given by close relatives of the Genocide suspects or other suspects detained in Rwanda are highly considered,” Simburudari said.

“We don’t see any reason for continuing our cooperation with that court.”

ICTR recently acquitted Protais Zigiranyirazo, the brother-in-law of former President Juvenal Habyarimana and a Catholic priest, Father Hormisdas Nsengimana.

Simburudari also accused ICTR investigators of having a tendency of misrepresenting useful evidence.

He petitioned UN Security Council, the instituting organ of the court, to evaluate ICTR and retain what he called only competent employees who will produce unbiased work.

Simburudari also asked government of Rwanda to support and advance their plea to UN Security Council.

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