Rwandan Genocide suspect Kabuga pleads not Guilty at U.N. Court
Rwandan Genocide suspect Kabuga pleads not Guilty at U.N. Court.
A U.N. Court registered an appeal of “not guilty” for Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga at his counsel's request on Wednesday after he remained silent during his initial appearance.
Kabuga, 85, appeared frail & didn't respond to questions from Judges. He was arrested in France in May after decades on the run & transferred to a United Nations detention centre in The Hague on Oct. 26.
“We have talked about this with Mr Kabuga before the hearing & he does not wish to answer in these conditions. I would appreciate it if you would consider his non-response as a plea of not guilty,” lawyer Emmanuel Altit told the Court after the presiding Judge asked Kabuga to enter a plea.
Judge Iain Bonomy entered the not guilty plea & ordered an assessment of Kabuga’s health.
Prosecutors have charged Kabuga with 5 counts of genocide, accusing him of operating a hate speech radio station which fanned the flames of ethnic hatred against people identified as Tutsis during the 1994 killings in Rwanda.