Prosecutor v. Bisengimana


Citation: ICTR-00-60

Link to the full case: http://unictr.irmct.org/en/cases/ictr-00-60

Trial Judgment: 13 April 2006


The former Bourgmenstre of Gikoro Commune, Paul Bisengimana, was indicted for arming, transporting, and instructing members of the Interahamwe militia to commit massacres against Tutsi civilians; for informing, approving, and participating in plans for attacks on Musha Church and Gikoro Commune; for publicly encouraging civilians to commit attacks on Tutsis; and for personally participating in the shooting of Tutsis in Gikoro Commune.


Bisengimana was charged with direct and superior responsibility for genocide; complicity in genocide; conspiracy to commit genocide; incitement to commit genocide; crimes against humanity for acts of murder, extermination, torture, rape, and other inhumane acts; and war crimes for violence to life, outrages upon dignity, and pillage.


In 2006, Bisengimana pleaded guilty to direct responsibility for murder and extermination as crimes against humanity. The ICTR Trial Chamber affirmed the plea of guilt. The prosecution was granted a motion to drop the remaining charges to which Bisengimana pled not guilty.

The Trial Chamber sentenced Bisengimana to 15 years’ imprisonment.


Summary based on notes from the IJRC