Kanyabashi, Joseph

Joseph KanyabashiDuring the 1994 genocide Joseph Kanyabashi held the position of Bourgmestre (Mayor) of Ngoma commune in Butare préfecture, southern Rwanda. He held this position of authority until he left Rwanda in July 1994.

Kanyabashi was accused by the ICTR Prosecutor of genocide or complicity in genocide in the alternative, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, as well as several counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. The charges relate to various acts allegedly committed by Kanyabashi, including participation in the elaboration and execution of a plan to exterminate Tutsis, the distribution of arms, public speeches inciting the commission of crimes, as well as ordering the killing of Tutsi refugees. On 28 June 1995, Joseph Kanyabashi was arrested in Belgium and transferred to Arusha to await trial.

On 6 October 1999, at the request of the Prosecutor, the ICTR combined the case of Joseph Kanyabashi with five other accused: Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Arsène Shalom Ntahobali, Sylvain Nsabimana, Alphonse Nteziryayo and Elie Ndayambaje. The so-called “Butare” Group case commenced on 12 June 2001.


The trial was completed on 30 April 2009. The judgment is expected in 2010.

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