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International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Former Governor Found Guilty

(July 16, 2009) On July 14, 2009, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, located in Arusha, Tanzania, convicted Tharcisse Renzaho for his part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Renzhao had been the prefect of Kigalia-Ville, the Rwandan capital region, and a colonel in the Rwandan military; he will now serve a life sentence. The three-judge panel found him guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. (Former Senior Rwandan Politician Sentenced to Life in Jail by UN Genocide Tribunal, UN NEWS CENTRE, July 14, 2009, available at

The actions that led to Renzaho's conviction were the ordering of roadblocks and support for the killing of members of the Tutsi tribe at those roadblocks. In addition, he was found to have supervised the selection, abduction, and murder of 40 Tutsis from a refugee site. He was also found to have participated in an attack at Sainte Famille church in Kigali during which more than 100 Tutsis were killed; he allegedly verbally encouraged the sexual assault of many women on the same occasion. (Id.)