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International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; United Nations: Tribunal Officials Urge More Support for Genocide Trials

(June 2, 2008) On June 4, 2008, the Presidents and Prosecutors of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) stated to the United Nations Security Council that more efforts must be made to arrest fugitives responsible for genocide and other atrocities. They also called for additional funding and cooperation so that the trials can continue.

The ICTY Prosecutor, Serge Brammertz, stated, “[w]e strongly believe that the remaining fugitives – Ratko Mladić, Radovan Karadžić, Stojan Župljanin, and Goran Hadzić – are within reach of the authorities in Serbia, and the Serbian authorities can do more to locate and arrest them.” He further asked that Croatia provide key documents immediately and that Bosnia and Herzegovina “adopt a more pro-active approach against those helping the fugitives evade justice.” He also pointed out the need to continue funding the war crimes department of the Prosecutor's office in Bosnia and Herzegovina, referring to that country's justice system as “fragile.” (Officials from UN War Crimes Tribunals Urge Enhanced Global Support, UN NEWS, June 4, 2008.) The President of the ICTY, Fausto Pocar, stressed the importance of international support and stated: “[t]he Tribunal should not close its doors before all of those fugitives are tried.” (Press Release, Security Council, Mandate of Former Yugoslavia Tribunal Will Not Be Fully Achieved Without Arrest, Trial of Four Remaining Fugitives, Security Council Told, SC/9347 (June 4, 2008), available at

Trials related to the Rwandan genocide will not be completed until 2009, due to the recent arrests of three defendants made in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, and Germany. ICTR Prosecutor Hassan B. Jallow called for an additional arrest, of Felicien Kabuga, thought to be living in Kenya, and asked Kenya to “proceed to maintain an active search for the fugitive within its territory with a view to arresting him and transferring him to the ICTR … .” Jallow also asked that Kenya freeze Kabuga's bank accounts. (UN NEWS, supra.)