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Functional Immunity for Defence Counsel

On 6 October 2010 the ICTR Appeals Chamber  released its decision on the request of Aloys Ntabakuze regarding the arrest of his lead counsel, Peter Erlinder. Erlinder was arrested on 28 May 2010 in Kigali, Rwanda, on charges of ‘genocide denial’. At the time of arrest Erlinder was in Rwanda on reasons unrelated to his work as Counsel at the ICTR. On the 15th of June the Registrar, having been advised by the UN Legal Affairs Office, sent a note verbale to the Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, asserting that Erlinder benefited from immunity and requesting his immediate…