Kabuga’s defence has persistently sought to have the case dismissed, citing concerns about their client’s health due to his advanced age.
Since his arrest in France in 2020, Kabuga has been detained in the Netherlands. The former businessman is accused of financing the genocide and being a co-founder of Radio Television Libre des Milles Collines (RTLM), a media outlet that incited hatred and mobilized for killings targeting Tutsis.
Kabuga, who is believed to be in his late 80s, had been on trial at The Hague branch of the United Nations mechanism that assumed responsibility for the operations of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda since September last year.
According to a decision published on The Hague court’s website, the trial chamber has ruled that Mr. Kabuga is no longer capable of meaningfully participating in his trial. Consequently, rather than terminating the proceedings, the judges have proposed establishing an "alternative finding procedure" that closely resembles a trial but does not allow for a conviction.