Nsabimana, Sylvain

Sylvain Nsabimana was appointed préfet of Butare on 19 April 1994, a position representing executive power and hierarchical power over civil servants in the préfecture. In his position during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Nsabimana is accused of participating in the development of a plan to exterminate Tutsis, and in the execution of this plan, of ordering and participating in massacres, inciting ethnic violence and distributing arms.

On 6 October 1999, following his arrest in Kenya in July 1997, the proceedings against Sylvain Nsabimana were combined with five other accused in the so-called “Butare Group” case. His co-accused are: Joseph Kanyabashi, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Arsène Shalom Ntahobali, Elie Ndayambaje and Alphonse Nteziryayo.

Sylvain Nsabimana is charged with conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, four counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. The trial began on 12 June 2001 and ended on 30 April 2009. The judgment is expected in 2010.

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