01 June 2001 by -

Bougmestre of Mabanza

Ignace Bagilishema is accused of genocide, complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity, and serious violations of article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions and of Additionnal protocol II.
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  • Ignace Bagilishema was born in 1955 in Rubengera Sector, Mabanza commune, Kibuye prefecture, Rwanda. Bagilishema was appointed as Bourgmestre of Mabanza on February 8, 1980 until the end of July 1994.


01 April 1999 by -

On April 1st, Ignace Bagilishema appeared for the first time before the judges at Trial Chamber 1. Represented by his duty counsel, the Tanzanian Mr Musei, the accused declared that he was unwilling to plead without being allowed to consult with a French-speaking lawyer. Pursuant to the provisions laid down in Rule 62.3, the chamber considered that, but refusing to speak, Ignace Bagilishema had de facto pleaded not guilty to the 13 counts against him. Mr Musei took the floor and introduced himself. « I am the defence lawyer for Monsieur Ignace...

09 October 2001 by -

Four months after his acquittal, the former Rwandan mayor has finally set foot on French soil, where he is out on probation. On October 9, the only defendant to be acquitted by the ICTR tasted his first night of real freedom. Having waited 128 days after his acquittal on June 7, 2001, Ignace Bagilishema bid a final farewell to Arusha on board a commercial KLM flight, with a smile on his face.

06 September 2004 by Thierry Cruvellier

In the space of a week, just before the summer recess, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has handed down one life sentence, confirmed a second and heard the parties debate two other appeal verdicts. The four cases all concern Rwandan personalities prosecuted for crimes committed in 1994 in the same region, eastern Kibuye.

29 March 2005 by -

Ignace Bagilishema has filed a claim for compensation to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The former Rwandan bourgmestre, who was acquitted on 7 June 2001, is asking the United Nations for the sum of 233,416 euros, which includes 200,000 euros for moral prejudice, for being held in custody in the UN jail between 20 February 1999 and 7 June 2001. He is also seeking reparation for «arbitrary detention» after being forced to remain in a guarded house in Arusha for 128 days after his acquittal.