Muhimana, Mikaeli

Mikaeli MuhimanaMikaeli Muhimana, or Mika Muhimana, was municipal conseiller in the commune of Gishyita in the Kibuye Prefecture (west of Rwanda) in the lead up to the genocide.

Between April and June 1994, he reportedly gave arms to civilians in order to exterminate Tutsi civilians in the communes of Gishyita and Gisovu. Together with militias, police and Hutus civilians, he launched an attack against the Mubuga church resulting in the death of about 5,000 Tutsi civilians. Furthermore, Mikaeli Muhimana abetted and personally committed a great number of rapes and murders in the Kibuye Prefecture.

Muhimana was arrested in 1999 and transferred to the authorities of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). On 28 April 2005, the Trial Chamber of the ICTR convicted him of genocide and of rape and murder as crimes against humanity. He was, however, acquitted of complicity of genocide. Muhimana was sentenced to life imprisonment. On 21 May 2007, the Appeal Chamber of the ICTR affirmed this verdict and sentence.

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