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World Rwanda: confirmation of the death, 20 years ago, of the genocidaire Augustin Bizimana

16:49  22 may  2020
16:49  22 may  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Death of the alleged genocidaire Augustin Bizimana: "He should have faced justice"

 Death of the alleged genocidaire Augustin Bizimana: © Simon Wohlfahrt / AFP The faces of Augustin Bizimana and Félicien Kabuga drawn with a cross, among the main fugitives, at the office of the 'Research unit for genocide fugitives, in Kigali on May 22, 2020. In Rwanda, the Ibuka association, which represents survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide, expresses its disappointment after the announcement on Friday 22 May of the identification of the remains of the suspected genocidaire Augustin Bizimana, in Congo-Brazzaville.

Le mémorial du génocide au Rwanda à Kigali. © AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA The memorial of the genocide in Rwanda in Kigali.

The former Rwandan Defense Minister, Augustin Bizimana, has died, confirmed on Friday May 22 the Mechanism charged with tracking down the last fugitives indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). He was prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda.

The death of the former defense minister was confirmed by DNA tests. The Hague Mechanism has announced that samples were taken from a tomb in Pointe-Noire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo before being analyzed by the Netherlands Forensic Institute. The former minister is said to have died in August 2000, 20 years ago.

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13 counts against him

Augustin Bizimana should have been charged with 13 counts for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. He was also charged with the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, in the early hours of the genocide, while Hutu extremists were tracking down the moderates. He should also have been answerable for his alleged involvement in the assassination of Belgian peacekeepers in Kigali. But with the announcement of his death, the case is now closed.

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After the arrest of Félicien Kabuga on Saturday May 16, and the confirmation of the death of the ex-Minister of Defense this Friday, the list of fugitives is reduced. Protais Mpiranya is now at the top of the list. The former head of the Presidential Guard has often been spotted in countries in the southern African continent. In November 2019, prosecutor Serge Brammertz , had also criticized South Africa for not cooperating with his office.

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