Rwanda: Grégoire Ndahimana pleads not guilty during his further appearance

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Grégoire Ndahimana, former mayor of Kivumu, Kibuye prefecture in Rwanda, today pleaded not guilty to all charges during his further appearance before Judge Dennis Byron, Presiding, Vagn Joensen and Aydin Sefa Akay. In the amended indictment of 5 February 2010, he is charged with three counts of genocide, or complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity for extermination.

According to the indictment, between 6 April 1994 and 20 April 1994, Grégoire Ndahimana was responsible for killing or causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the Tutsi population. He is alleged to have planned the massacres at the Nyange Parish, jointly with Father Athanase Seromba (sentenced to life imprisonment) and Fulgence Kayishema (still at large). In these massacres, more than 2000 Tutsi refugees were killed.

In the first indictment, he was charged with four counts of genocide; or in the alternative, complicity in genocide; conspiracy to commit genocide, and extermination as a crime against humanity. During his initial appearance on 28 September 2009 he pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Ndahimana, born in 1952, was arrested on 10 August 2009 at Kachuga Camp in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during a combined operation by the ICTR, the United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and the DRC law enforcement agencies. He was transferred to the United Nations Detention Facility in Arusha on 21 September 2009.

Source: International Penal Tribunal for Rwanda

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