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07DARESSALAAM754
2007-05-23 14:20:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Dar Es Salaam
Cable title:  

NEW PRESIDENT AT ICTR

Tags:   PREL  UNGA  ICTR  TZ 
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						UNCLAS DAR ES SALAAM 000754 

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S/WCI FOR BRENDAN DOHERTY AND MICHAEL MORIN; IO/UNP FOR
REBECCA GOLDENBERG; AF/E FOR BARBARA YODER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UNGA ICTR TZ
SUBJECT: NEW PRESIDENT AT ICTR

REF: DAR ES SALAAM 00735



1. (U) SUMMARY: On May 21, the judges of the International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) elected Judge Charles
Michael Dennis Byron of Saint Kitts and Nevis to serve as the
Tribunal,s President. Judge Erik Mose of Norway was
expected to seek a third term as President, though to do so
would have required the judges to amend the Rules of
Procedure and Evidence (the Rules) which limit the president
to two two-year terms. Given the dissension among the judges
regarding such a Rules change, President Mose opted to
withdraw, leaving Judge Byron the only candidate. Judge
Byron will become the fourth President of the ICTR on May 29.
The judges elected Judge Khalida Rachid Khan of Pakistan as
Vice President of the Tribunal, replacing Judge Arlette
Ramaroson of Madagascar who did not seek re-election. END
SUMMARY.



2. (U) President Mose opted not to stand for a third term
as President of the ICTR due to dissension among the judges
regarding the Rules change that would have been required to
allow Mose's candidacy. Susan Lamb, Chef du Cabinet of the
ICTR Presidency, told Poloff May 22 that Mose was confident a
majority of the judges would support the necessary Rules
change and Mose's candidacy; however, due to "the acrimony
generated by a minority of the judges," Mose opted to
withdraw his candidacy. As Mose's withdrawal left only one
candidate for President, "it does not necessarily follow that
he (Byron) has majority support," said Lamb.



3. (U) The plenary session began at 2:00pm local time and
was scheduled to last two hours, but lasted nearly four.
Signaling a difference from the usual amicable mood of these
regularly-scheduled meetings, the traditional
photograph-taking of the judges as a group was canceled
before the session began. Tim Gallimore, Spokesperson for
the Prosecutor, said people were standing guard outside the
door while the judges met and Lamb noted that Mose was
"surprised by the reaction in the room."



4. (SBU) Though unexpected, Byron's election did not
generate immediate change or reaction in Arusha. Tim
Gallimore described the mood at the ICTR on May 22 as
"business as usual" but noted an air of anticipation of what
may come in the next few weeks, after Byron's installation.
Spokesperson and Acting Deputy Registrar Everard O'Donnell
expects a few people will leave the Tribunal because of the
change in presidency, but added people continue to "jump
ship" as the overall situation worsens due to "no sense of
leadership or direction and no reward for staying." Poloff
noted that employees are not facing immediate dismissal as
the Tribunal will exist for another 18 months; O'Donnell
replied that jobs "in this line of work" come available
infrequently, so employees with 18 months maximum on their
contract are not willing to pass up opportunities that occur
in the meantime.



5. (U) At the May 21 plenary session the judges also
adopted two amendments of the Rules--a one-word change Lamb
described as a technical amendment, and changing the
requisite experience to serve as defense counsel from ten
years to seven.



6. (SBU) NOTE: President-elect Byron is scheduled to
travel to Dar es Salaam on May 31 to meet with the Friends of
the ICTR on June 1; Poloff has requested a meeting with Byron
in Dar.
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