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5937th Meeting (AM)
SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS TERMS OF OFFICE FOR RWANDA TRIBUNAL JUDGES,
UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTING RESOLUTION 1824 (2008)
With the mandate of the judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda set to expire at the end of this year, but with trials expected to continue beyond that time, the Security Council today extended the term of office of 9 permanent and 17 ad litem judges to allow for the completion of the Tribunal’s work.
By the terms of resolution 1824 (2008), which was unanimously adopted, the Council noted the projections for the completion of all the Tribunal’s remaining cases at trial stage before the end of 2009, and expressed its expectation that the extension of the judges’ terms of office would enhance the effectiveness of those proceedings and contribute towards ensuring the Tribunal’s completion strategy.
As explained in a letter from the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which was transmitted in identical letters to the Presidents of the Council and General Assembly (document A/62/896-S/2008/436), by the terms of its resolution 1503 (2003), the Council had called upon the Tribunal to take all possible measures to complete all trial activities at first instance by the end of 2008, and the Tribunal has substantially complied with that strategy. However, due to new developments beyond the Tribunal’s control, including the arrest of two high-level accused at the end of 2007 and one early in 2008, the scheduling of these trials “cannot avoid a spillover of the evidence phase into 2009, with judgement delivery in the second half of 2009”.
With two permanent judges and one ad litem judge intending to resign upon the completion of their cases this year, the Tribunal’s President had sought an extension, to 31 December 2009, for nine permanent judges and eight ad litem judges, whose terms of office are to expire on 31 December 2008. As a contingency against the unexpected, he also sought an extension to 31 December 2009 of the terms of the remaining nine ad litem judges who were not yet appointed to serve at the Tribunal.
The Council decided to extend the terms of office of two permanent judges who are members of the Appeals Chamber until 31 December 2010, or until the completion of the appeals (if sooner), and extended the terms of the rest of the judges through 31 December 2009, as requested by the Tribunal President.
As the statute of the International Tribunal does not provide for extending the terms of office of the judges, by the terms of the resolution adopted today the Council, as the parent organ of the International Tribunal, also approved an amendment of related articles of the Statute to allow for an extension.
The meeting was called to order at 10:10 a.m. and adjourned at 10:13 a.m.
The full text of resolution 1824 (2008) reads as follows:
“The Security Council,
“Taking note of the letter to the President of the Council from the Secretary-General dated 13 June 2008, attaching the letter to him from the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“the Tribunal”) dated 6 June 2008 (A/62/896-S/2008/436),
“Recalling its resolutions 955 (1994) of 8 November 1994, 1165 (1998) of 30 April 1998, 1329 (2000) of 30 November 2000, 1411 (2002) of 17 May 2002, 1431 (2002) of 14 August 2002, 1449 (2002) of 13 December 2002,
“Recalling in particular its resolutions 1503 (2003) of 28 August 2003 and 1534 (2004) of 26 March 2004, in which the Security Council calls on the Tribunal to take all possible measures to complete investigations by the end of 2004, to complete all trial activities at first instance by the end of 2008, and to complete all work in 2010,
“Recalling that on 13 June 2006, the Security Council decided in resolution 1684 (2006) to extend the term of office of the eleven permanent judges of the Tribunal until 31 December 2008, and that on 13 October 2006, the Security Council decided in resolution 1717 (2006) to extend the term of office of the eighteen ad litem judges of the Tribunal until 31 December 2008,
“Noting that two of the permanent judges and one of the ad litem judges currently serving at the Tribunal have indicated their intention to resign in 2008 upon the completion of their respective cases, and that at this stage it is not expected that their replacement will be necessary,
“Noting the progress made by the Tribunal towards the completion of its trial work at the earliest date,
“Noting the projections provided by the Tribunal as to the completion of all the remaining cases at trial stage before the end of December 2009,
“Expressing its expectation that the extension of the terms of office of the judges concerned will enhance the effectiveness of trial proceedings and contribute towards ensuring the implementation of the Completion Strategy,
“Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
“1. Decides to extend the term of office of the following permanent judges at the Tribunal who are members of the Appeals Chamber until 31 December 2010, or until the completion of the cases before the Appeals Chamber if sooner:
-- Mr. Mehmet Güney ( Turkey)
-- Ms. Andrésia Vaz ( Senegal)
“2. Decides to extend the term of office of the following permanent judges at the Tribunal who are members of the Trial Chambers until 31 December 2009, or until the completion of the cases to which they are assigned if sooner:
-- Mr. Charles Michael Dennis Byron ( Saint Kitts and Nevis)
-- Mr. Asoka de Silva ( Sri Lanka)
-- Mr. Sergei Aleckseevich Egorov ( Russian Federation)
-- Ms. Khalida Rachid Khan ( Pakistan)
-- Mr. Erik Møse ( Norway)
-- Mr. William Hussein Sekule (United Republic of Tanzania)
“3. Decides to extend the term of office of the following ad litem judges, currently serving at the Tribunal, until 31 December 2009, or until the completion of the cases to which they are assigned if sooner:
-- Ms. Florence Rita Arrey ( Cameroon)
-- Ms. Solomy Balungi Bossa ( Uganda)
-- Ms. Taghrid Hikmet ( Jordan)
-- Mr. Vagn Joensen ( Denmark)
-- Mr. Gberdao Gustave Kam ( Burkina Faso)
-- Mr. Lee Gacuiga Muthoga ( Kenya)
-- Mr. Seon Ki Park ( Republic of Korea)
-- Mr. Emile Francis Short ( Ghana)
“4. Decides to extend the term of office of the following ad litem judges, who have not yet been appointed to serve at the Tribunal, until 31 December 2009, or until the completion of any cases to which they may be assigned if sooner:
-- Mr. Aydin Sefa Akay ( Turkey)
-- Ms. Karin Hökborg ( Sweden)
-- Ms. Flavia Lattanzi ( Italy)
-- Mr. Kenneth Machin (United Kingdom)
-- Mr. Joseph Edward Chiondo Masanche (United Republic of Tanzania)
-- Tan Sri Dato’ Hj. Mohd. Azmi Dato’ Hj. Kamaruddin ( Malaysia)
-- Mr. Mparany Mamy Richard Rajohnson ( Madagascar)
-- Mr. Albertus Henricus Johannes Swart ( Netherlands)
-- Ms. Aura E. Guerra de Villalaz ( Panama)
“5. Decides to amend article 11, paragraphs 1 and 2, of the Statute of the International Tribunal for Rwanda and to replace those paragraphs with the provisions set out in the annex to this resolution;
“6. Decides to remain seized of the matter.”
Article 11: Composition of the Chambers
1. The Chambers shall be composed of a maximum of sixteen permanent independent judges, no two of whom may be nationals of the same State, and a maximum at any one time of nine ad litem independent judges appointed in accordance with article 12 ter, paragraph 2, of the present Statute, no two of whom may be nationals of the same State.
2. A maximum at any one time of three permanent judges and six ad litem judges shall be members of each Trial Chamber. Each Trial Chamber to which ad litem judges are assigned may be divided into sections of three judges each, composed of both permanent and ad litem judges. A section of a Trial Chamber shall have the same powers and responsibilities as a Trial Chamber under the present Statute and shall render judgement in accordance with the same rules.
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