|Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York|
SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES RECENT JUDGEMENTS HANDED DOWN
BY INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General welcomes the delivery today of the judgement by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the cases of Bagosora et al. involving four senior officers of the Rwandan army in 1994. He also welcomes the judgement against Protais Zigiranyirazo, a préfet in Rwanda in 1994.
These judgements constitute a major step in the fight against the impunity of those responsible for the most serious crimes of international concern.
The Secretary-General commends the Tribunal, its judges, prosecutors and staff for their continued efforts to complete the Tribunal’s work while upholding due process and the rights of the accused. The Secretary-General firmly believes that international justice is an essential component of peace and reconciliation.
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