ICTR press release / Death of Convict Georges Rutaganda in Benin
ARUSHA, Tanzania, October 12, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Georges Anderson Nderubumwe Rutaganda (52), a former member of the national and prefectoral committees of the Mouvement Républicain National pour le Développement et la Démocratie (MRND) who was serving as the second Vice President of the National Committee of the Interahamwe, the youth militia of the (MRND), passed away on 11 October 2010 in Benin, following sudden complications of a long illness. Rutaganda was also a shareholder of Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM).
Georges Rutaganda was sentenced to imprisonment for life following his conviction on one count of Genocide and two counts of Crimes against Humanity by the Tribunal. Trial Chamber I composed of Judges Laïty Kama, presiding, Lennart Aspegren and Navanethem Pillay unanimously found that Rutaganda incurred individual criminal responsibility in particular for having ordered, incited and carried out murders and for causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the Tutsi ethnic group during the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Government of Benin extend their condolences to the family of Georges Rutaganda, who has been serving his life sentence in Benin since 27 June 2009.
International Penal Tribunal for Rwanda