Nshogoza, Léonidas

Léonidas Nshogoza was an investigator in the Defence team during the trial of Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda, a convicted génocidaire at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). In the indictment dated 24 December 2007, Nshogoza is charged with contempt of the Tribunal.

The charges against Léonidas Nshogoza relate to his time as an investigator during the initial trial of Kamuhanda. Nshogoza was not, however, on the Defence team in the subsequent appeals proceedings involving Kamuhanda in which the decision and sentence from the Trial Chamber were confirmed. Nshogoza voluntarily surrendered to the Tribunal on 11 February 2008 after a warrant was issued for his arrest in January of the same year.

According to the indictment, Nshogoza is charged with two counts of contempt of the Tribunal and two counts of attempting to commit acts punishable as contempt. It is alleged that Nshogoza “knowingly and wilfully” interfered with the administration of justice and attempted to subvert the course of justice through discussing the trial with third parties, procuring false statements from protected witnesses, inciting witnesses to give false testimony and through the offering of substantial bribes. The trial began on 9 February 2009. On 2 July 2009 Nshogoza was convicted of one count of contempt for meeting and disclosing the information of protected witnesses. He was sentenced to 10 months' imprisonment, but after being given credit for time already served was immediately released. 

On 15 March 2010, the Appeals Chamber upheld Léonidas Nshogoza’s conviction for contempt of the Tribunal. The Chamber also upheld Nshogoza’s sentence of 10 months’ imprisonment, as imposed by Trial Chamber III on 2 July 2009.


 

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