01 June 2001 by -

One month after his arrest, Jean Mpambara has been indicted by the ICTR. For only one count: genocide. When Tanzanian police raided a refugee camp in western Tanzania on June 20, 2001, the Arusha Tribunal got a two-for-one special: they not only captured indicted genocidaire Sylvestre Gacumbitsi, they also arrested his comrade-in-arms and fellow bourgmestre, Jean Mpambara. On July 23, Judge Erik Mose (Norway) confirmed the indictment of 47 year-old Mpambara, former bourgmestre of Rukara commune in Kibungo prefecture.

21 June 2004 by our correspondent

Sylvestre Gacumbitsi, the former mayor of Rusumo, Kibungo province (eastern Rwanda), has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity (extermination and rape). "Gacumbitsi led the attacks on the Tutsi civilians gathered at the Nyarubuye church and personally took part in these attacks," concludes the judgement, which was delivered on 17 June by Senegalese judge Andrésia Vaz, presiding over trial chamber 3 at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).