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Rwandan TV trials planned
Genocide skulls in Rwanda
Nine years on, only 12 convictions have been secured
Rwandans could soon be able to watch the trials of suspected key leaders of the 1994 genocide live on their televisions.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha has announced plans to relay proceedings to The Hague as well as the Rwandan capital Kigali, using a satellite link.

The link is expected to be working by the end of the year and will allow witnesses in Rwanda to give evidence by video, rather than having to travel to Tanzania.

"This will offer, in due course, a possibility for linkage with Rwandan Television for live coverage of court proceedings," a tribunal statement said.

The court hopes that the link could also speed up proceedings.


The tribunal has been widely criticised for its inefficiency.

Jallow is keen to make the court work better
After spending over half a billion dollars and with more than 800 staff, the tribunal has achieved only 12 convictions in nine years.

A spokesman for the tribunal said they expect more verdicts soon.

Four trials, in which eight people are being prosecuted, are currently under way including the hate speech trials of the former editor-in-chief of the extremist magazine Kangura, and two founders of the notorious Mille Collines Radio Television (RTLM), Ferdinand Nahimana and Jean Bosco Barayagwiza.

"I can assure you that there will be new verdicts before the end of the year," said the tribunal's Rolland Amoussouga.

A new prosecutor for the Rwanda genocide court, Hassan Bubacar Jallow, begins his four year mandate in September.

An estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus died in the 100 days of bloodshed.

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