On 3 August 2010 Trial Chamber III at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted Dominique Ntawukulilyayo of genocide and sentenced him to 25 years’ imprisonment.
Ntawukulilyayo, who was the deputy administrator or sub-prefect of Rwanda’s southern Gisagara sub-prefecture in Butare district during the genocide in 1994, was convicted of being responsible for killing or causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of Tutsi racial or ethnic group, with intent to destroy, in whole or in part this group.
In the indictment, Dominique Ntawukulilyayo was accused of transporting soldiers to Kabuye hill in April 1994 to where Tutsis had taken refuge and left the area after ordering the troops to open fire, killing and wounding thousands. As a result of his actions he was responsible for the death of as many as 25,000 Tutsi refugees who had been promised protection.
Ntawukulilyayo was acquitted of other charges of complicity in genocide and direct and public incitement to commit genocide. Ntawukulilyayo was arrested in France in October 2007 and transferred to the U.N. detention facility in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha a year later. The trial commenced on 6 May 2009.
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