International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Chronology

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12 December 2002: The Kajelijeli trial is adjourned until March 31, 2003.

21 November 2002: During his initial appearance, former prefect of Kigali-ville, Colonel Renzaho, pleads not guilty to three counts of genocide, alternatively complicity in genocide, and crimes against humanity.

15 November 2002: The Niyitegeka trial closes after 31 days of hearings. Closing arguments are scheduled for February 27-28, 2003.

28-29 October 2002: ICTR President Pillay presents the Seventh Annual Report to the UN General Assembly and Security Council, respectively. The report discusses, inter alia, the reduction of the Prosecutor's future investigation program from 136 new suspects to 14, to be concluded by the end of 2004. In her statements, ICTR President Pillay again draws attention to the need for compensation for Rwandan victims.

29 September 2002: Colonel Tharcisse Renzaho is arrested in Kinshasa (DRC) and transferred to the Detention Facility in Arusha.

20 September 2002: During his initial appearance Jean-Baptiste Gatete pleads not guilty to 10 counts, including genocide and crimes against humanity.

17 September 2002: Trial Chamber denies defense motions for the acquittal of all the accused in the Media case. However, it acquits Nahimana on one count of crimes against humanity (murder), and it acquits Barayagwiza on three counts which include crimes against humanity (murder) and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions (outrages against personal dignity and pillage).

16 September 2002: Defense case opens in Kajelijeli case.

11 September 2002: The former Mayor of Murambi Commune, Jean-Baptiste Gatete, is arrested in Congo-Brazzaville and transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha on September 13, 2002.

2 September 2002: Trial in the Military case, which includes Theoneste Bagosora, resumes.

21-22 August 2002: Closing arguments in Kibuye trial.

21 August 2002: General Bizimungu, formerly Chief of Staff of the Rwandan Army, pleads not guilty to 10 counts of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity, and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions. He was earlier arrested in Angola.

20 August 2002: Trial Chamber II drops the conspiracy to commit genocide charge in the Kamuhanda case, but not the rape charge.

14 August 2002: UN Security Council establishes a pool of 18 ad litem judges, and amends the ICTR Statute accordingly (SC Res. 1431).

12 July 2002: Prosecution closes its case in the Media trial.

5-6 July 2002: Twelfth Plenary Session meeting at which amendments are adopted of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, and the Code of Professional Conduct for Defence Counsel.

4-5 July 2002: Appeals hearings take place in the Rutaganda case.

3 July 2002: In an oral decision, the Appeals Chamber unanimously rejects the Prosecution's appeal and confirms the acquittal of Bagilishema, ordering his immediate release.

2 July 2002: Appeals hearing in Bagilishema case.

19 June 2002: Gacaca courts begin their work in all provinces of Rwanda.

17-18 June 2002: Closing arguments in the Semanza case.

17 June 2002: Trial of Eliezer Niyitegeka, former Minister of Information, begins before Trial Chamber I.

11 June 2002: Internews reports that ICTR Chief of Prosecution has filed motions reqeusting that two genocide trials be held in Kigali, Rwanda.

6 June 2002: Status conference in Muvunyi case.

28 May 2002: ICTR discharges Michael Greaves of the UK, lead counsel for Prosper Mugiraneza who is accused of genocide.

17 May 2002: Security Council amends Article 11 of the ICTR Statute, adding a new paragraph 2 dealing with dual nationalities of judges (SC Res. 1411).