Ruzindana, Obed

Obed RuzindanaObed Ruzindana was a commercial trader in Rwanda in the lead up to the country’s genocide in 1994 . On 24 April 1996, Ruzindana was indicted in relation to massacres which occurred on an almost daily basis in the area of Bisesero (Prefecture of Kibuye), from April through to June 1994. The attacks resulted in thousands of deaths.

Obed Ruzindana was accused by the ICTR of genocide, crimes against humanity (murder, extermination and other inhumane acts), violation of Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions and violation of Additional Protocol II. He was tried together with Clément Kayishema, Prefect of Kibuye during the period of the indictment.

On 21 May 1999, the Trial Chamber rendered its judgement. Ruzindana was found guilty of genocide and acquitted of the other counts. He was sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment. On 1 June 2001, the Appeals Chamber confirmed the first instance verdict. Obed Ruzindana is serving his sentence in Mali.

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