Thursday, February 26, 2009

ICTR: Appeals Chamber Judgment in the Case Against Karera

On February 2nd, the ICTR Appeals Chamber rendered its judgment in the case (No. ICTR-01-74) against François Karera, former Prefect of Kigali-Rural. In a judgment handed down on December 7, 2007, the Trial Chamber had convicted Karera of one count of genocide and two counts of crimes against humanity (extermination and murder). He was acquitted of one count of complicity in genocide, which was charged as an alternative to the genocide count. The Trial Chamber sentenced Karera to life imprisonment.

In its decision (judgment here; summary here; press release here), the Appeals Chamber confirmed Karera's conviction and sentence, though it allowed his appeal in regard to several particular findings made by the Trial Chamber.