21 January 2007 by our correspondent in Arusha

Two years before the official end of its mandate, one of the priori-ties of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is to settle all the cases. On December 14, Joseph Nzabirinda took advantage of this favorable context and signed a mini-mum agreement concerning his guilt in the 1994 genocide. The prosecutor dropped the main charges against this former youth leader in exchange for Nzabirinda’s acknowledgement that he was an “approving spectator” of the massacre of Tutsis. On January 17, the judges will decide if they agree with the suggested sentence of 5 to 8 years in prison.

01 June 2001 by -

Employee of Ngoma city

Joseph Nzabirinda is accused of genocide and crimes against humanity. Identity

  • Jospeh Nzabirinda, nicknamed « Biroto », was born in 1957 in the disctrict of Sahera, Ngoma commune, Butare prefecture. A former employee of Ngoma city, he was a youth activities organizer.
  • At the time of his arrest, he was a ICTR Defence investigator for Sylvain Nsabimana.


05 March 2007 by -

On December 14, 2006, Joseph Nzabirinda was found guilty of the most minor criminal charge in the history of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR): having been the "approving spectator" of meetings that led to killings during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [IJT-59]. On February 23, he received a seven year prison sentence for the crime to which he had confessed. But the judges added that the initial charges against Nzabirinda (genocide and crimes against humanity) could still be the subject of new complaints.