Monday, June 22, 2009
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was established to deal with the mass killings in Rwanda in 1994, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates died during a period of less than 100 days. The ICTR yesterday found a former Government minister guilty of genocide and sentenced him to 30 years in prison for his role in those killings.
On 23 April 1994, Callixte Kalimanzira, former Chef de Cabinet of Minister of the Interior, lured thousands of Tutsi refugees to Kabuye hill in Butare prefecture, where they were attacked and killed. The ICTR Trial Chamber found that Mr. Kalimanzira substantially contributed to the attack, finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt that he aided and abetted genocide at Kabuye hill. It also found him guilty of direct and public incitement to commit genocide on several occasions, including at the Nyabisagara football field, in April 1994.
The former ministersurrendered voluntarily to ICTR in November 2005. His trial began last May.
The Washington College of Law at American University has prepared summaries of ICTR judgments. Click here for more information.