Monday, December 17, 2007

ICTR: Trial Chamber Judgment in Case Against Karera

On Friday, December 7, the ICTR Trial Chamber rendered its judgment in the case (No. ICTR-01-74) against François Karera, former Prefect of Kigali-Rural. (Press release here; judgment not yet available online.) Karera was charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, and crimes against humanity (extermination and murder) based upon his participation in the killing of Tutsis in April and May 1994. The Trial Chamber found him guilty of one count of genocide and both counts of crimes against humanity. He was acquitted on the complicity in genocide charge, which was an alternative to the genocide count. The Trial Chamber sentenced Karera to life imprisonment.