During the events referred to in the indictment dated 23 August 2004, Innocent Sagahutu held the position of Second-in-Command of the Reconnaissance Battalion of the Rwandan Army. In this capacity he exercised authority over all units of the Battalion. After fleeing Rwanda in 1994 following the end of the genocide, Sagahutu was arrested in Denmark where he had resided as a political refugee.
Innocent Sagahutu is charged with eleven counts of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide or complicity in the alternative, various crimes against humanity including extermination, rape and murder, and war crimes. The indictment alleges that Sagahutu knew or had reason to know that his subordinates committed widespread massacres against the Tutsi population and did nothing to prevent the perpetration of such crimes. Further, it is alleged that forces under his control and led by Innocent Sagahutu were responsible for the deaths of ten Belgian UNAMIR soldiers.
The trial against Innocent Sagahutu and his co-accused, Augustin Bizimungu, Augustin Ndindiliyimana and François-Xavier Nzuwonemeye, in the ‘Military II’ case began on 20 September 2004 and was completed on 29 June 2009. A judgment is awaited.