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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Akayesu Case

Erik Møse

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 July 2019

Subject(s):
Geneva Conventions 1949 — Armed conflict — Combatants — Crimes against humanity — Ethnic cleansing — Genocide — War crimes — Cumulative convictions — Individual criminal responsibility — Pre-Trial Chamber — International criminal courts and tribunals, composition

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Jean-Paul Akayesu (born in 1953) was bourgmestre of Taba commune, Gitarama prefecture, Rwanda , from April 1993 until June 1994. Following his arrest in Zambia on 10 October 1995 and subsequent provisional detention, he was indicted on 16 February 1996 by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and charged with genocide , crimes against humanity , and violations of common Art. 3 Geneva Conventions I-IV (1949) and Geneva Conventions Additional Protocol II (1977) . The trial commenced on 9 January 1997 and led to the first judgment of the ICTR. It...
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