ADC Files Request to Appear as Amicus Curiae in the matter of Nzuwonemeye et al before at the IRMCT
On 31 March 2022, the ADC-ICT filed a request to appear as amicus curiae in the matter of Nzuwonemeye et al before the Appeals Chamber at the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) on the issue of remuneration for counsel representing the former ICTR acquitted and released persons who were transferred to Niger and continue to be held under house arrest.
The Single Judge had previously denied the assignment of counsel at the Mechanism's expense and this decision was upheld by the Appeals Chamber, however counsel representing Nzuwonemeye and Mugiraneza filed a Motion for Reconsideration.
In the Request, the ADC-ICT argues that the Appeal Chamber’s determination not to provide renumeration for counsel at the Mechanism’s expense directly impacts the rights of Relocated Persons and the interests of justice. The Decision directly impacts the ability of Relocated Persons to adequately prepare submissions that go towards their ultimate liberty. Additionally, the potential chilling effect that a decision to deny renumeration may have on counsel assisting clients in the future on post-appeal matters will preclude effective representation, thereby endangering the protection of the rights and interests of any such individuals who find themselves in similar situations.