General Assembly elects 11 judges to war crimes tribunal for Rwanda

General Assembly elects 11 judges to war crimes tribunal for Rwanda

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The United Nations General Assembly has completed the election of 11 permanent judges to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

The new judges, elected late Friday in five separate ballots from a list of 22, will serve for four-year terms beginning on 25 May. Elected on the first ballot were Serguei Aleckseievich Egorov (Russian Federation), Mehmet Güney (Turkey), Erik Møse (Norway), William Hussein Sekule (Tanzania), Andrésia Vaz (Senegal), Inés Mónica Weinberg de Roca (Argentina) and Lloyd George Williams (Saint Kitts and Nevis).

Elected in the second ballot were Jai Ram Reddy (Fiji), Arlette Ramaroson (Madagascar) and Mansoor Ahmad (Pakistan). Asoka de Zoysa Gunawardana (Sri Lanka) was elected on the fifth ballot.

The elections began on Wednesday but were deemed "invalid" because a country behind in paying its UN dues had participated in the voting.