Friday, March 19, 2010

ICTR Appellate Chamber Affirms Conviction of Singer for Incitement to Genocide

ICTR Logo The Appellate Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has affirmed the conviction and 15-year sentence of a famous Rwandan singer and composer for his role during the mass killings that engulfed the country in 1994.  

Simon Bikindi was a former singer, composer, and leader of a ballet troupe.  In 2008, he was found guilty by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda of a single count of direct and public incitement to commit genocide based on public exhortations to kill Tutsis, which he made on the Kivumu-Kayove road in Gisenyi prefecture in late June 1994.  This week the Appellate Chmaber dismissed his appeal from that conviction.

(Adapted from a UN Press Release)

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