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Dominique Ntawukuriryayo is a former sub-préfet in the Butare préfecture in Rwanda. According to the indictment of 26 May 2005, Ntawukuriryayo is charged with three counts of genocide, complicity in genocide and direct and public incitement to commit genocide.
The Prosecutor alleges that Dominique Ntawukuriryayo bears individual criminal responsibility as well as superior responsibility for killing or causing serious bodily harm to Tutsi civilians. The indictment claims that Ntawukuriryayo was responsible for the death of as many as 25,000 refugees in the ‘Kabuye hill massacre’ between 21 and 25 April 1994. Ntawukuriryayo is also alleged to have ordered those under his control to commit unlawful acts against Tutsi civilians identified at roadblocks in Butare.
Dominique Ntawukuriryayo was arrested in France in October 2007 where he had been residing after the genocide. Following a decision by the Paris Cour de Cassation to annul a previous order for the transfer of Ntawukuriryayo to the ICTR, the case was re-examined by a lower court which ruled that he could be extradited. Ntawukuriryayo arrived in Arusha on 5 June 2008 and first appeared before the ICTR five days later. His trial began on 6 May 2009, with the Prosecution completing its case in 12 trial days on 26 May 2009 and the Defence case set to commence on 14 September 2009.