Friday, March 19, 2010
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)