Judge Ivo Rosa. Image: Mário Cruz/ Lusa

Controversial judge off to the Hague to preside over Rwandan genocide case

Controversial judge off to the Hague to preside over Rwandan genocide case

Controversial judge Ivo Rosa – a figure that has been a thorn in the side of public prosecutors for years, and is currently the focus of an internal disciplinary process – is off to the Hague for “at least a year”, say reports. He is to take the place of a female judge, recently deceased, to hear the case – with the support of a panel of colleagues – of Félicien Kabuga, an 89-year-old ‘genocidaire’ (meaning a Rwandan involved in the genocide of 1993-94). Say reports today, Kabuga is “considered one of the chief financiers of a militia that killed between 800,000 and one million victims”. Judge Rosa’s only Portugal-based case now is that of the Blood Mafia.