Catriona Murdoch assists in the representation of Alphonse Nteziryayo in his appeal against sentence and conviction for incitement to commit genocide during the Rwandan war in 1994. Nteziryayo was sentenced to 30 years, having been acquitted after trial of 8 other counts. The oral hearing commenced on 13 April and closes on 24 April. The Appeals Chamber will hear oral submissions from each legal team; the Prosecution and the accused also have the right to address the Bench.

The five co-accused are part of the longest running case at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the case spanning nearly the entire length of the Tribunal’s history. Nteziryayo himself has spent 17 years in prison awaiting the outcome of his appeal. This is the last appeal to be heard before the ICTR in Tanzania closes.

Catriona is led by Maitre Pacere Titinga, Maitre Gershom Otachi and assisted by Joe Holmes from 9 Bedford Row Chambers. The Appeal judgment is expected at the end of 2015 or early 2016.