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IN THE APPEALS CHAMBER

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l. The Registrarof the InternationalCriminal Tribunal for Rwandawishesto bring the following to observations the attentionof the AppealsChamberpursuantto Rule 33 (B) of the Rules of and Procedure Evidence. Introduction 2. On 9 June2010, the Appeals Chamber,pursuantto Article 28 of the Statuteof the Tribunal, on the issued Orderin which it instructed Regishar, an urgentbasis,to: an . request the assistanceof Rwandan authorities for the purpose of obtaining all informationrelating to the exact natureand basisof the chargesbrought againstPeter Erlinder; and o reportto the AppealsChamber the outcomeof this request; on o provide any information to the Appeals Chamber that is furnished by Rwanda in to response this request. Registrartssubmissions makes followingsubmissions. the accordingly 3. The Registrar and DefenceCounselfor 4. On 28 May 2010, Mr. PeterErlinder,an AmericanLaw Professor Aloys Ntabakuzewas arrestedin Kigali by Rwandan authorities on chargesof "genocide denial". motion to order the 5 . On 3l May 2010, following that arrestand prior to Aloys Ntabakuze's Registrar to take immediate action to securethe releaseof Peter Erlinder, the Registrar a addressed Note Verbaler to the Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation requestingclarification on the motives of Mr. Erlinder's arrest. In the Note Verbale, the Registrarinquiredwhetherthere was a possiblelink betweenthe arrestof Mr. Erlinder and the mandate conferredon him as a DefenceCounselat the ICTR. The Note Verbale also recalled in Counsel the contextof their mandate applyto ICTR Defence and immunities that privileges with the Tribunal. to the Generalof the dated2June2010 addressed the Registrar, Prosecutor 6 . In a conespondence to Republic of Rwanda,Mr. Martin Ngoga, responded the Note Verbale indicating that the at arrestof Mr. Erlinder"is not at all relatedto his assignments the ICTR".2

I SeeAnnex l: Note Verbalefrom the Registrarto the Minister of ForeignAffairs and Cooperation dated3l May 2010, clarificationon the motivesof Mr. Erlinder's anest. requesting 2 SeeAnnex 2: Correspondence from Mr. Ngogato the Registrardated2June2010.

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rendered the High by received un-officialcopyof the decision an 7. On 9 June2010,the Registrar Court of Gasaboon 7 June 2010 regardingthe provisional incarcerationof Mr. Erlinder. with. Mr. to According that Decision, Erlinderis charged . a denyingand downplayinggenocidethroughhis publicationsand conferences, charge prescribed punished the Rwandan Law;3 and by o spreading the rumoursthat are capable threatening securityof the Rwandanpeople,a of Law.a by and chargeprescribed punished the Rwandan the madespecific that during the bail hearing, RwandanProsecutor It would also appear references Mr. Erlinder's activities as DefenceCounselin the caseBagosoraet al. to pendingbeforethe ICTR. sentanotherNoteVerbalesto the on 8. Upon reviewof that decision, 9 June2010,the Registrar requestingthe Rwandanauthoritiesto RwandanMinistry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation providehim with a formal copy of the charges levelledagainstMr. Erlinder. 9. It is following the delivery of that Note Verbale that the Registry received the Appeals Chamber's decision instructing the same diligence. This instruction has been immediately transmittedto the Rwandanauthoritiesvia a third Note Verbale6,along with copies of the decision. AppealChamber's from the Rwandan authorities well asthe formal copy of as 10.The Registraris awaitinga response broughtagainstMr. Erlinder.The Registrarwill report to the AppealsChamber, as the charges the this matter. soonas possible, outcomeof his follow-up regarding exchanged with the Rwandan authorities attached are I l. The offrcial correspondences hereto. Respectfully submitted.

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' Article 4 of Law No. 33 bis/2003of September 6,2003 that punishes crime of genocide,crimesagainsthumanity the and war crimes. 'Article 166of Law No.2l/77 of August 18, 1977establishing criminal law book. the 5 SeeAnnex 3: Note Verbalefrom the Registrarto the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation dated9 June2010, requesting Rwandanauthoritiesto provide a formal copy of the charges the broughtagainstMr. Erlinder. 6 SeeAnnex 5: Note Verbalefrom the Registrarto the Minister of Foreigr Affairs and Cooperation datedl0 June2010, advisingthe Rwandanauthoritiesof the AppealsChamberOrderof 9 June2010.

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to the The InternationalCriminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) presentsits compliments to inform the of of Ministry of ForeignAffairs andCooperation the Government Rwandaandwishes ProfessorPeter Esteemld Ministry that it has learnt of the arrestin Kigali, on 28 May 2010, of genocide denial' of on Erlinder,a lawyerof Americannationality, allegations beforeICTR' in the name to assigned defendan accused Mr. peterErlinder is a LeadCounsel of Aloys Ntabakuze,whose case is currentlypending before the Appeals Chamber' The ICTR to to the attaches utmost importance the ,"sp""i ol th" immunity which DefenceCounselassigned on vested themby ICTR' cases beforeICTR enjoy,whenthey carryout the mandate the of the Underthe circumstances, ICTR is particularlyconcerned any possiblelink between for confenedon him as Counsel an ICTR indictee.The ICTR arrestof Mr. Erlinder andthe mandate the for clarificationregarding motivesof authorities be would therefore most gratefulto the Rwandan the arrestof Mr. Erlinder. of While awaiting suchclarification,ICTR wishesto recall the 3 June 1999Memorandum Matters to the (MOU) Between UnitedNationsandthe Republicof Rwanda Regulate Understanding Criminal Tribunal for of the International of Mutual ConcerntLUting to The Offrce in Rwanda carryingout functionson behalf pursuant the saidMOU, Rwandawill extendto persons to Rwanda. of ICTR, including expertson mission,the sameprivileges and immunities,as provided for in on Articles VI and VII of the GeneralIIN Convention the Privilegesand Immunitiesto which the Republicof Rwandais a PartY. Criminal Tribunalfor Rwandaavails itself of this opportunityto renewto The International of Ministry of ForeignAffairs andCooperation the Republicof Rwandathe assurances the Esteemed consideration. of its highest

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(ICTR) presentsits complimentsto the The Intemational Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda of Rwanda and has the honour to Ministry of Foreign effairs and Cooperationof the Government General from Pro-secutor J : f " May 2010 as well as the response refer to its previousN; V;;" Peter of Professor on 28 May 2010' the -Professor in Martin Ngogaof 2nd June2010 concerning arrest Kigali, in chargeof the Erlinder is an American lawyer Erlinder on allegation, oi g"no"iae denial. beforethe ICTR' of defence Mayor Aloys Ntabakuze Erlinder's arrest"is not at all relatedto his that Mr. Ngoga statedin his response, Professor However, sincethen' Defence at assignments the ICTR'. The ICTi{ hastakennote of this statement' Erlinder's arrestmay motionsallegingthat Professor counsel beforeICTR chambersfiled numerous he be linked to submissions hasmadebeforethe ICTR' has now been formally and Under the circumstances, having leamedthat ProfessorErlinder if they could provide a formal the charged, ICTR would be most gratefultJ the Rwandanauthorities Erlinder.This would enablethe ICTR Regisfiy to fully copy of the chargest"u"t"a againsiProfessor to the assertionof any immunity or brief Chamberswhether proiessor Erlinder's arrestgives rise bifore this Tribunal enjoy in the context of their to privilege which DefenceCounselassigned cases mandate.

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