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Bourgmestre of Rusumo Commune

Sylvestre Gacumbitsi is accused of genocide (or, alternatively, complicity in genocide) and crimes against humanity (extermination, murder and rape).
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Identity

  • Born in 1947 in Rusumo commune, Kibungo prefecture.

Charges

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The Kamuhanda trial opens before the ICTR on April 17. Although he became a minister a month and a half after the genocide began, Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda is above all accused of leading a massacre committed on April 12, 1994, in other words, before his government appointment. Judges at the Rwanda Tribunal will be faced with an unusual case on April 17.

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19 December 2001 by -

Accused of blocking the dialogue aimed at easing the tensions with the international court over the last year, the Rwandan government counter-attacks and says Arusha is to blame. The year end has proven to be full of the most bitter new developments in the ten-month tussle between the Rwandan government and the heads of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

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On August 30, Colonel Theoneste Bagosora, the former chef de cabinet to the Minister of Defense and allegedly the chief conspirator of the Rwandan genocide, appeared before the UN Rwanda Tribunal as his lawyers again demanded that the Prosecutor turn over any evidence of RPF involvement in the shooting down of former President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane.

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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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The ICTR is preparing to transfer several definitively convicted prisoners to Bamako, with Jean Kambanda top of the list. The former Prime Minister of the Rwandan interim government, previously detained in The Hague for security reasons, returned to Arusha on October 16. The spokesperson for the Rwanda Tribunal, Kingsley Moghalu, declared this week that: « All we are waiting for is a legal order from the *ICTR+ President. The prison agreements are ready to be implemented.

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The Butare Trial judges made short shrift of the Prosecutor's renewed accusations that Joseph Kanyabashi's defense investigators interfered with witnesses and evidence. The judge's November 30 decision, dismissing all allegations of possible contempt against Joseph Kanyabashi's defense team, came as no surprise.

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The ICTR chief prosecutor has used her last round of ammunition to prosecute those in the Cyangugu trial for sexual violence. She will soon issue a new indictment against two of the accused. Carla del Ponte was livid. When, at the end of 1995, she withdrew her request to amend the indictment in the Cyangugu file, she did so to ensure that the trial, which she hoped would begin in January 2000, would not suffer further delays. In so doing, she ran the risk of letting fresh allegations of sexual violence, which made up the bulk of her amendment, slip through the net.

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