15 Jun 2006

Term of Fiji judge at Rwanda court extended

12:28 pm on 15 June 2006

The term of the Fiji judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Jai Ram Reddy, has been extended till December 2008.

This follows the unanimous decision of the United Nations Security Council to extend the term of all permanent judges of the tribunal till when the court is dissolved in December 2008.

A statement from the United Nations says extending the term of the judges is a better option than holding fresh elections for new judges after the current terms expire in May next year.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was set up by the United Nations to try those involved in the genocide the country in the mid 1990s.

Based in Tanzania, it has completed 28 trials, 27 are in progress and 14 detainees are awaiting trial.