Tribunal refers genocide case to Rwanda

June 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 26 (UPI) -- A U.N. tribunal probing the Rwandan genocide in 1994 said it transferred the case against a local government official to the country's high court.

The U.N.-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said it was transferring the case of Aloys Ndimbati, a former local official, to Rwandan authority. Ndimbati, who faces charges of genocide in relation to the 1994 events, remains at large.

The tribunal referred the case to the High Court of Rwanda, calling on the courts there to "put into practice the commitments it has made about its good faith, capacity and willingness to enforce the highest standards of international justice."

Conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic communities left roughly 800,000 people dead in a 100-day massacre in 1994.

The ICTR, working from neighboring Tanzania, has acquitted eight and convicted 38 people tied to the genocide. Its mandate expires at the end of the year.

Community courts in Rwanda, were established to help in the prosecution of the high number of suspects accused of playing a role in the 1994 atrocities. They're expected to close as well.

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