Ntahobali, Arsène Shalom

Arsène Shalom NtahobaliArsène Shalom Ntahobali was arrested in Nairobi, Kenya, on 24 July 1997 at the request of the Prosecutor of the ICTR. According to the indictment against Shalom Ntahobali, during the events of April to July 1994 in Rwanda, he was a student and led a group of notorious MRND (Mouvement républicain national pour la démocratie et le développement) militia known as the Interahamwe. The Interahamwe are accused of having carried out some of the most brutal atrocities during the genocide in Rwanda.

Arsène Shalom Ntahobali is the son of Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, former minister in the Interim Government of 8 April 1994. The case against Shalom Ntahobali is being heard along with his mother and four other defendants. The “Butare” case also includes: Sylvain Nsabimana, Joseph Kanyabashi, Elie Ndayambaje and Alphonse Nteziryayo. Arsène Shalom Ntahobali is accused of participating in a plan to exterminate Tutsis, including the manning of a road-block in Butare as a means to identify and murder Tutsis and the prevention of the evacuation of persons from Butare by the Red Cross.

Arsène Shalom Ntahobali is charged with complicity to commit genocide, genocide or complicity in genocide in the alternative, war crimes, as well as murder, extermination, persecutions and rape as crimes against humanity.


The trial began on 12 June 2001 and ended on 30 April 2009. The judgment  is expected in 2010.

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