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contribution 12 - GUICHAOUA, André

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André GUICHAOUA

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I would like to add a word to the Kambanda case to set the record straight in respect of the occurrence of that event and in respect of the functioning of the Tribunal. I believe that it is worth recalling that at the end of the ’90s, the structure wasn’t the same. There was quite a lot of improvisation. There were difficulties in respect of archiving and other matters. And in the conflicting systems, there was there were there was more to it than conflicting systems.

And let me add another point. At the time let me I am sorry to put it this way: Some people wondered about the relevance of his testimony. And when one looks at the material he provided at the time, if it were to be used in a trial, 50 per cent would be even irrelevant and not credible. I wouldn’t add more, but I think this should be put in perspective in the perspective of the end of the ’90s when investigators actually went doing angling in the name of interviews.

And that said, their contribution to the truth was pretty reliable. And many quarters wondered about the procedure of a plea bargain.

A. GARAPON

Thank you. I think we have put the cart before the horse by looking at the fate of the acquitted persons.

Before that, we probably need to talk about the plight of persons in detention and the lessens to can be drawn from what you have learned in respect of detention in such a special Tribunal.

Mr. Guindo, commanding officer of UNDF.