Prosecutor v. Ndindabahizi

Citation: ICTR-01-71

Link to the full case:http://unictr.irmct.org/en/cases/ictr-01-71

Date of Trial Judgment: 15 July 2004

Date of Appeal Judgment: 16 January 2007


The former Rwandan Minister of Finance for the Interim Government, Emmanuel Ndindabahizi, was tried for organizing attacks on Tutsis in Kibuye Prefecture, distributing weapons to attackers, and transporting members of the Interahamwe militia to join in attacks in Kibuye. He was charged with direct responsibility for genocide and crimes against humanity for acts of extermination and murder.


In 2004, the ICTR Trial Chamber convicted Ndindabahizi of genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity for instigating, facilitating, assisting attacks including rape against Tutsis who had gathered at Gitwa Hill in Kibuye Prefecture and convicted Ndindabahizi of genocide and murder as a crime against humanity for encouraging and aiding in the killing of Tutsis at a roadblock in Gaseke, Kibuye Prefecture.


In 2007, the ICTR Appeals Chamber narrowly reversed the Trial Judgment with respect to Ndindabahizi’s conviction for genocide and murder as a crime against humanity for the death of one victim Gaseke; affirmed Ndindabahizi’s conviction for genocide and murder with respect to other killings that occurred in Gaseke; and affirmed Ndindabahizi’s conviction for genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity for the killings at Gitwa Hill. It upheld the Trial Chamber’s life sentence.


Summary based on notes from the IJRC