Rwanda, the ‘King of genocide’ Théoneste Bagosora died: he was serving 35 years. Kigali, no to review of the trial of the “African Shindler”

Rwanda, the ‘King of genocide’ Théoneste Bagosora died: he was serving 35 years. Kigali, no to review of the trial of the “African Shindler”
Rwanda, the ‘King of genocide’ Théoneste Bagosora died: he was serving 35 years. Kigali, no to review of the trial of the “African Shindler”

He died at 80 years old the “genocide re” of the Rwanda who for a few days had been hospitalized in a hospital in bamako, in Mali, for heart problems, the son announced it Achille at the Bbc. The colonel Théoneste Bagosora he had been a prominent figure in the army during the 1994 atrocity. Then, convicted for crimes against humanity, was serving his sentence in a prison in the African country.

Among the hierarchs of the Rwandan Ministry of Defense, the Canadian general Romeo dallaire, head of the United Nations peacekeeping force, called him the “pivot” behind the 800thousand kills – mainly of people of ethnic group – during the A hundred days of the genocide. The former colonel – he says – also threatened to kill him. In 2008 the International Criminal Court for Rwanda had sentenced Bagasora tolife sentence: was guilty of crimes against humanity and to have orchestrated themurder of various political figures, including the prime minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana. The sentence was subsequently reduced to 35 yearsi, he should therefore have finished serving her at 89 years of age. At first he was even denied the request for early release, until his health conditions worsened.

His story is intertwined again – at least by coincidence in time – with that of the hero of the genocide, Paul Rusesabagina. It African Schindler, which saved over a thousand people from the genocide and inspired the film Hotel Rwanda, was sentenced a few days ago to 25 years in prison. Among the accusations that of “financing of terrorism”In an attempt to overthrow the president Paul Kagame and the current authoritarian government, consisting of just one Tutsi majority. Sophie wilmes, the foreign minister of Belgium – State of which the man is a citizen – should have met the Rwandan authorities at the headquarters of theHim-her-it. But after the criticisms arrived on the merits of the trial in the capital Kigali, the interview was canceled. “Rusesabagina did not benefit from a fair and fair trial, in particular with regard to the rights of the defense – the policy of Brussels had in fact affirmed, already worried at the time of the arrest 7 months ago – Not even the presumption of innocence. These elements actually put the sentence is under discussion“. The response of Rwanda was not long in coming: in a note it spoke of “contempt shown by the government of the Kingdom of Belgium towards our judicial system, despite the significant contribution of their competent institutions in the investigation of this case”.

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