ARUSHA - The President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Dennis Byron, has appointed four permanent judges of the trial chambers of the tribunal to the Appeals Chamber.
The Judges are; Khalida Rachid Khan, William Sekule, Arlette Ramaroson and Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov.
A statement issued by Judge Byron, early this week, announced that the assignments shall be effective from the date on which their respective cases are completed.
“This follows consultations with the judges; bearing in mind the need to ensure trial experience from the tribunal in the work of the Appeals Chamber,” reads an ICTR statement sent to The New Times yesterday.
Judge Khan is presently assigned to the Bizimungu trial, Judge Sekule, the Butare trial and the Ngirabatware cases, Judge Ramarason, the Butare trial case while Judge Tuzmukhamedov, the Ndahimana and Nzabonimana cases.
Judge Khan has presided over a number of judgements which include that of former director in the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs Jean Baptiste Gatete, who was found guilty of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, in the Eastern Province.
Resolution 1878 (2009) of the United Nations Security Council amended Article 13 (3) of the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda provided that the President may assign up to four additional permanent judges serving in the ICTR Trial Chambers to the Appeals Chamber of the ICTR once their cases are complete.