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Rwanda tribunal to press Paris on those sheltered at embassy

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Further information: Rwandan Genocide


The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) (French: Tribunal pénal international pour le Rwanda, Kinyarwanda: Urukiko Nshinjabyaha Mpuzamahanga rwagenewe u Rwanda
 (ICTR ICTR International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ) is stepping up pressure on Paris to release the names of the people sheltered in the French embassy in Kigali in the first days of the 1994 genocide, court papers showed Thursday.

In a note dated November 13, the court said it had exhausted the means at its disposal to obtain this list from France and that it was bringing the matter to the attention of the ICTR president Dennis Byron Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron was born in 1943 in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, the first of four children to Vincent and Pearl Byron.

Having won the Leeward Islands Scholarship, Dennis, as he is usually called, went on to read law at the world-renowned Cambridge University, U.
, authorised to bring up such issues with the UN Security Council.

Defence lawyers for former youth minister Callixte Nzabonimana have demanded the list as the minister's alibi for some of the charges against him depends on his alleged presence at the embassy.

Nzabonimana's trial opened November 9.

Kigali has on numerous occasions accused France of having evacuated or facilitated the departure from Rwanda of high-ranking figures implicated in the genocide.

According to Rwanda, around 200 people took shelter in the embassy in the first days of the genocide, among them several personalities from the then regime, some of whom have since been tried and found guilty of genocide by the ICTR.

Around 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered in the genocide, according to UN figures.
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