Ndahimana Trial Begins at ICTR 03 Sep 2010
The trial of Grégoire Ndahimana has commenced at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

On 6 September 2010, the trial of Grégoire Ndahimana commenced before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Ndahimana is accused of genocide, complicity to commit genocide, extermination as a crime against humanity.

Ndahimana was the Bourgmestre of Kivumu commune, Kibuye prefecture in Rwanda. He is accused of planning the massacre of at least 2,000 Rwandan Tutsis during the 1994 genocide.  According to the indictment he prepared and planned the massacre at Nyange Parish in which over 2000 people were killed, as part of a plan to exterminate the Tusti population. He is alleged to have taken part in the planning with Athanase Seromba, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by the ICTR in 2008, Gaspard Kanyarukiga, who currenlty is awaiting a verdict from the ICTR, and Fulgence Kayishema, who remains a fugitive of the court.

Ndahimana was arrested on 10 August 2010 in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo and then transferred to Arusha on 21 August 2009. He was arrested by Congolese armed forces during a combined operation by the ICTR, the United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC) and the DRC law enforcement agencies. On 28 September 2009 he pleaded not guilty to all charges at his initial appearance before the ICTR.

Jean Bosco Uwinkindi and  Idelphonse Nizeyimana are the two remaining accused awaiting trial at the ICTR detention centre.

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