The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) and Jandu Plumbers Ltd. broke ground at Lakilaki today. The symbolic turning of the sod marked this week’s start of the scheduled 12-month works that will give a new home to the Mechanism in Arusha.

This facility will tangibly embody the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the steadfast resolve of the international community to bring those individuals still at large to account, with the highest standards of due process”, the MICT Registrar, John Hocking, said.

The three buildings of the new premises – the courtroom, the archives and the office building – have been designed to serve the specialised functions of the Mechanism, which include completion of remaining judicial work, archives management, witness protection, supervision of enforcement of sentences and assistance to national jurisdictions.

Jandu’s Director, Kamalpal Singh, said that “we are honoured and committed to make the architectural concept concrete and bring to life a facility which, we hope, will become an emblem of justice in the region and a landmark in the new Arusha landscape.” The Mechanism is the first of a number of international and regional justice-related institutions that will move to the Lakilaki area at the outskirts of Arusha.

The Mechanism will work closely with the contractor and the architectural firm, the London-based Ridge and Partners LLP, to ensure the timely and rigorous completion of the project.

For more information visit our page on the construction of the Arusha facility.