The remains of Augustin Bizimana, who is considered one of the main sponsors who are still on the run from the 1994 Rwanda genocide, were identified at a Congo cemetery, the International Criminal Court mechanism announced on Friday.
A week after the arrest near Paris by Félicien Kabuga, who is considered the financier of the Rwandan genocide, the death of another refugee has now been confirmed. This is Augustin Bizimana, one of the main refugees accused of being one of the main sponsors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda.
“His death could be confirmed after the formal identification of the remains of his body found at a Pointe-Noire cemetery [République duCongo]”, said the mechanism’s prosecutor in a press release published Friday, May 22.
Augustin Bizimana was prosecuted in 1998 by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He was charged with thirteen counts, including genocide, extinction, murder, rape and even torture, for crimes committed in the 1994 genocide.
Protais Mpiranya, former commander of the Presidential Guard Battalion for the Rwandan Armed Forces and five other refugees charged by the ICTR, remain “actively” wanted by international justice for their participation in the genocide that caused at least 800,000 dead, moderate Tutsis and Hutus, between April and July 1994.