UNMICT releases Alphonse Nteziryayo



Three months after the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda partially granted his appeal against sentence, the President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals has ordered the release of Alphonse Nteziryayo, who for a time held the position of Préfet of Butare, Rwanda, during the 1994 conflict.

His release was ordered over 18 years since his initial arrest in Burkina Faso. For over 13 years Nteziryayo was detained by the ICTR, without a trial verdict and presumed innocent; and for all but those final 3 months, Nteziryayo awaited a final conclusion to his case. When the Appeals Chamber judgment eventually came it ordered a substantial reduction to his sentence leading to his recent release.

Alphonse Nteziryayo was represented by Frederic Titinga Pacere (Burkina Faso Bar), Gershom Otachi (Kenya Bar), Joe Holmes (9 Bedford Row) and Catriona Murdoch (1 Crown Office Row).

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