Rwanda hate radio broadcaster transferred for genocide trial

[JURIST] Joseph Serugendo, the former Technical Chief of Rwanda's Radio Télévision Libre des Milles Collines (RTLM) [Wikipedia backgrounder], nicknamed “Radio Machete” for inciting its listeners to commit murder, has been transferred to a United Nations detention facility in Tanzania [UN report; International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) press release] after being arrested in Gabon last Friday. Serugendo has been charged with five charges including genocide and conspiracy to commit genocide in connection with the 1994 genocide in Rwanda [JURIST news archive]. The ICTR [official website] hopes to bring 65-70 criminals accused of committing genocide and other crimes against humanity to justice by 2008, a trial termination date set by the UN Security Council [official website; ICTR status report, PDF]. Twenty-two people have been convicted so far, three acquitted. Twenty-five others are currently on trial, including a former prime minister and 11 government ministers. UN News has more.

 

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