U.N. court finds Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga unfit for trial

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  • Wednesday, 07 Jun 2023

FILE PHOTO: Eric Emeraux, head of the Gendarmerie's Central Office for Combating Crimes Against Humanity, Genocides and War Crimes (OCLCH), diplays documents with a wanted poster depicting a photograph of Felicien Kabuga during an interview with Reuters at his office, about the arrest of Rwandan genocide fugitive suspect Felicien Kabuga, in Paris, France, May 19, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

THE HAGUE (Reuters) -Judges at a U.N. war crimes court in The Hague have ruled that geriatric Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga is unfit to stand trial but in a decision published Wednesday also said that slimmed down legal proceedings in his case can continue.

"The trial chamber finds Mr. Kabuga is no longer capable of meaningful participation in his trial," a decision published on the court's website said.

However, instead of halting the trial the judges said they would set up an "alternative finding procedure that resembles a trial as closely as possible, but without the possibility of a conviction".

(Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg; editing by Jason Neely and Andrew Heavens)

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