Yussuf Munyakazi sentenced to 25 years 30 Jun 2010
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has found its oldest defendant guilty of genocide and extermination.

On 30 June 2010 the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) found Yussuf Munyakazi guilty of genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity, and sentenced him to 25 years’ imprisonment.  Trial Chamber I found that Munyakazi was a leader in incidents in Shangi parish on 29 April 1994 and Mibilizi parish on 30 April 1994 and that he was liable for the deaths of over 5,000 Tutsi civilians.

Yusuf Munyakazai, a former businessman and commercial farmer in Bugarama, Cyanguga was found liable for having committed genocide under article 6(1) of the ICTR Statute. The Trial Chamber ruled that it could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that  Munyakazi had been part of a joint criminal enterprise (JCE). The Chamber also found that Munyakazi intended to destroy the Tutsi ethnic group in whole or in part, based on circumstantial evidence. It was ruled that the Prosecution had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Munyakazi recruited and trained Interahamwe, that he stored or distributed weapons to the Interahamwe, that he provided food and support beyond transportation to Shangi and Mibilizi, or that he took part in an attack in Nyamasheke parish on 16 April 1994.

Munyakazi was arrested on 5 May 2004 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was transferred to the UN Detention Facility on 7 May 2004. In his initial appearance on 12 May 2004, Munyakazi pleaded not guilty.  At 74 years of age Yusuf Munyakazai was the oldest accused on trial before the tribunal in Arusha.

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