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More acquittals by international courts

More acquittals by international courts

The international tribunal charged with investigating crimes committed in Rwanda today handed down two acquittals. Via BBC:

A UN-backed court has overturned the genocide convictions of two Rwandan former ministers and ordered their immediate release.

Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza had been sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2011 for complicity, and incitement, to commit genocide.

Those decisions add to a string of recent acquittals by international courts. Last month, the International Criminal Court released from custody former Congolese militia commander Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui after his acquittal. In November, the international tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo. Appeals judges at the same tribunal also overturned the conviction of two former Croatian generals.