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01 June 2001 by -

General Augustin Bizimungu, former Chief of Staff of the Rwandan Army has been arrested in Angola. The news is a major coup for the ICTR and the Americans. He was one of the most wanted fugitives sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda over the last three years. Augustin Bizimungu, former Chief of Staff of the ex-Rwandan Armed Forces (FAR) during the Rwandan genocide, was captured in a camp of demobilised UNITA soldiers about a week ago. The news was only announced by the Angolan authorities on 12 August 2002, in an official state radio communiqué.

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01 June 2001 by -

Minister of Health in the Rwandese Provisional Governement

Casimir Bizimungu is accused of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol II. Defense Counsel

  • Michelyne St Laurent

Proceeding

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01 June 2001 by -

Chief of staff in the Rwandan armed forces

Augustin Bizimungu is accused of conspiracy to commit genocide or complicity in genocide, crimes against humanity for extermination, murder, rape, persecution et other inhumane acts, violations of article 3 common to the Geneva conventions and additional Protocol II.
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Identity

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19 October 2001 by -

For the second time in a year, Casimir Bizimungu, the former Minister of Health, persuaded judges to let him sack his appointed defense counsel. At the end of June, after only eight months on the case, Brian Shell got his marching orders to follow his predecessor out the door. Casimir Bizimungu demanded Shell's exit for a litany of sins: withdrawing a motion for a separate trial, not filing a motion for provisional release, not sending defense team members to Rwanda to interview witnesses, not letting co-counsel speak to him, and not preparing a defense strategy.

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04 April 2014 by Clive Muhenga, Arusha (Tanzania)

Against the backdrop of preparations for Rwanda's twentieth commemoration of the 1994 genocide, the appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has severed the case of former chief of staff of the Rwandan army, General Augustin Bizimungu, just before acquitting two other high-ranking military officers and reducing the sentence of a fourth defendant.

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09 July 2014 by Clive Muhenga, Arusha (Tanzania)

Former chief of staff of the Rwandan army, major general Augustin Bizimungu “knew or had reason to know” but did not act. Confounding predictions that he could be acquitted [IJT-156], the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) appeals chamber upheld, on 30 June, Bizimungu’s responsibility as a superior for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes perpetrated by soldiers in Kigali and two rural provinces in 1994.

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