Rwandan tribunal

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has come under increasing pressure lately for its lack of progress in trying the accused ringleaders of the Rwandan genocide. The court was established in 1994 and carried a prosecution docket of some 700 politicians, clergymen, media personalities, and government officials.

Yet, to date, only 72 people have been arrested with 25 being eventually convicted.

By the end of 2007 it will have cost UN member states, including Britain, roughly £20 million per prosecution if the remaining cases lead to convictions.

Currently there are 27 people standing trial with the ICTR and another 14 are waiting for their trials to begin.

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