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Rwandan Genocide Fugitive and Former Defense Minister Augustin Bizimana Confirmed Dead

The international residual mechanism criminal tribunal’s Prosecutor General Serge Brammrtez has confirmed that former Minister of defense and Genocide Fugitive Augustin Bizimana died in 2000 in the Republic of Congo.

Bizimana, one of the major fugitives of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi was indicted by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1998 on Thirteen counts of genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination, murder, rape, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, cruel treatment and outrages upon personal dignity.

Among the crimes charged, Bizimana was alleged to be responsible for the murders of former Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and ten Belgian United Nations peacekeepers, and for the murder of Tutsi civilians throughout Gisenyi, Ruhengeri, Butare, Kibuye and Cyangugu prefectures.

Prosecutor Serge Brammerz said Bizimana is believed to have died in Pointe Noire, in the Republic of the Congo, in 2000. His remains were identified by DNA testing.

“The Mechanism Office of the Prosecutor confirms today the death of Augustin Bizimana, one of the major fugitives alleged to have been a senior leader of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. This confirmation is based on the conclusive identification of Bizimana’s remains in a grave site in Pointe Noire, the Republic of the Congo,” said the prosecutor

With the arrest of Félicien Kabuga and today’s confirmation, the Office of the Prosecutor said, it has now accounted for two of the three major fugitives indicted by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

The remaining major fugitive is Protais Mpiranya, former commander of the Presidential Guard of the Rwandan Armed Forces, and the Office continues to actively pursue him. The Office is also actively pursuing the five other fugitives indicted by the ICTR, Fulgence Kayishema, Phénéas Munyarugarama, Aloys Ndimbati, Ryandikayo and Charles Sikubwabo.

 

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