Rwandan genocide suspect transferred to Hague detention center

[JURIST] Indicted former Rwandan government official Michel Bagaragaza has been transferred from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website; JURIST news archive] to The Hague due to security concerns. Earlier this week, Bagaragaza pleaded not guilty to genocide charges after surrendering himself [JURIST report] to the UN-backed tribunal in Tanzania. Bagaragaza has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide and complicity in genocide and is alleged to have ordered his own subordinates and others to kill hundreds of Tutsi civilian refugees seeking shelter in a tea factory he supervised. The transfer to The Hague was a condition for Bagaragaza’s surrender, according an ICTR statement [text]. Bagaragaza was transferred to the detention unit at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where he has a permit to remain in detention there is valid for six months. The permit is renewable for one additional six-month period. BBC News has more.



 

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