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The international judiciary confirms that one of the main refugees of the Rwandan genocide is dead

May 22, 2020

The Rwandan interim government’s defense minister during the 1994 genocide, Augustin Bizimana, who is considered one of the main refugees and accused of thirteen crimes, has been dead of the Rwandan International Criminal Court for about two decades, according to the heir of the disappeared, according to the International Remaining Mechanism of Criminal Courts.

Bizimana was indicted in 1998 for a number of charges, including genocide, extermination, murder, rape, torture, and persecution. Investigators attribute the former minister to the indiscriminate murder of Tutsis and the death of former Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and ten Belgian members of the UN peacekeeping mission.

After a “comprehensive investigation” by the public prosecutor’s office for the residual mechanism, which Rwandan and Republic of Congo authorities worked with, and forensic experts from the Netherlands and the United States, it was concluded that the remains of Bizimana were buried in a tomb in the Congolese City of Pointe Noire. DNA analysis and other tests confirmed this death, which the researchers pronounced in August 2000.

The international judiciary confirms that one of the main refugees of the Rwandan genocide is dead
The international judiciary confirms that one of the main refugees of the Rwandan genocide is dead

With the recent arrest of Félicien Kabuga in France, who is considered one of the main financiers of the genocide, and the confirmation of Bizimana’s death, there would only be one “big refugee” of the judiciary: Protais Mpiranya, former commander of the presidential guard.

The judicial mechanism has promised to continue to “actively” search for him and to determine the whereabouts of five other people whose charges are pending more than a quarter of a century ago for allegedly being involved in the massacres against the Tutsis in Rwanda. To this end, he called for “intensified international cooperation”.