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Friday, June 27, 2003

:: Slow prosecutions for Rwandan genocide ::
The International Criminal Tribunal, investigating the Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 people were murdered (while the world looked on), was set up in 1995 + has an annual budget of $180 million yet has only convicted 12 people + acquitted 1 person...

Gerard Gahima the chief prosecutor in Rwanda has told the BBC's Focus on Africa that this rate of progress is "the result of bad management, severe corruption, problems relating to the abuse of the procedure by the defendants and their defence lawyers" and because "Many people who are involved in running the tribunal have an interest in perpetuating its existence because they make a livelihood out of it."