Posted by: africanpressorganization | 23 June 2009

Rwanda / International Criminal Tribunal




Rwanda / International Criminal Tribunal



ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 23, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General and the spokesperson for the General Assembly president:


On Rwanda, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda this morning sentenced Callixte Kalimanzira, a former official of the Rwandan Interior Ministry, to 30 years in prison.  He was found guilty of genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, and aiding and abetting genocide.


The Tribunal says that Kalimanzira was a planner and executioner [sic] of a large-scale massacre of Tutsi civilians in Butare in April 1994.  The Tribunal found that he led killing mobs, including police and soldiers, to a hill where thousands of Tutsis had sought refuge.  He was also found guilty of involvement in other, similar incidents.


The Tribunal took custody of Kalimanzira, who voluntarily surrendered in November 2005.  He will receive credit for time served before today’s sentencing.



United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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