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Former Judge Rustam S. Sidhwa passed away on 31 March 1997
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia announces with deep regret the death of former Judge Rustam S. SIDHWA on Monday 31 March 1997 in Pakistan.
Elected in 1993 as one of the eleven Judges of the ICTY, Judge Sidhwa resigned from the Tribunal in July 1996 for reasons of health and had returned to his native Pakistan.
Born on 1 September 1927 Judge SIDHWA commenced his career at the Bar in 1951 and was appointed to the Bench in 1978. He served on the Lahore High Court and as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan from 1989 to 1992. In 1968, he had been nominated by Pakistan to the United Nations Register of Experts in Legal and other Fields.
Upon learning of the death of Judge SIDHWA, the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Judge Antonio CASSESE made the following statement: "With the death of our former colleague Judge Sidhwa the Tribunal has lost the guidance and friendship of one of the most wise and perceptive men it has been my honour to know. His ill-health cut short his contribution to the cause of justice in the former Yugoslavia but his unstinting efforts in this field will long be remembered by all who knew him".
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