The Referral Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on 22 February 2012 transferred to the authorities of the Republic of Rwanda the case of Fulgence Kayishema, former Judicial Police Inspector of Kivumu Commune in Kibuye Prefecture. Kayishema is yet to be arrested.
This is the second case to be transferred to Rwanda by the ICTR following that of Pastor Jean Uwinkindi whose transfer decision was made by a Referral Chamber on 28 June 2011 and confirmed by the ICTR Appeals Chamber on 16 December 2011.
In its ruling, the Referral Chamber, composed of Judges Khalida Rachida Khan, presiding, Vagn Joensen and Gberdao Gustave Kam, ordered that the Prosecution of the case of Kayishema be referred to the authorities in Rwanda, who will then refer the same to the High Court of Rwanda.
The Prosecution was further ordered to hand over to the Prosecutor General of Rwanda, as soon as possible and no later than 30 days after the Decision has become final, the material supporting the Indictment against the accused and all other appropriate evidentiary material in the possession of the Prosecution.
Pursuant thereto, the Prosecutor handed over the Kayishema brief to the Rwandan Prosecutor-General, Mr. Martin Ngoga at a brief ceremony held at the Tribunal headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.