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30 April 2005

U.S. Commends Rwanda Tribunal Sentencing

Calls upon regional governments to "vigorously pursue" genocide suspects

The United States is commending the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for its sentencing on April 28 of Mikaeli Muhimana to life imprisonment for genocide and crimes against humanity.

State Department Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli praised the court's "increased pace and volume of adjudications" in an April 29 statement, and called upon regional governments to "vigorously pursue...all other persons" wanted by the Tribunal for genocide and "other serious violations of international humanitarian law."

Following is the State Department's statement:

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U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
April 29, 2005
Statement by Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Conviction


The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda sentenced Mikaeli Muhimana on April 28 to life imprisonment, the maximum punishment permissible. He was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, including murder and rape. This trial was completed in thirty-four trial days. The United States commends the Tribunal on its work, particularly its increased pace and volume of adjudications.

As the Tribunal implements its completion strategy, the United States continues to support its work and urges all governments in the region to fulfill their international obligations. Regional governments are specifically obligated through United Nations Security Council Resolutions to vigorously pursue the apprehension of Felicien Kabuga and all other persons indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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