Nsengimana, Hormisdas

Hormisdas NsengimanaDuring the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, Hormisdas Nsengimana was a Catholic Priest, with the function of Rector of Christ-Roi College in the Butare préfecture. He was indicted by the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on charges of Genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, as well as murder and extermination as crimes against humanity. Nsengimana was arrested in Cameroon in 2002 where he had been living under the protection of a monastery.

According to the indictment, Hormisdas Nsengimana began gathering weapons to kill Tutsis as far back as 1990, and had on several occasions openly vented his hatred for the Tutsi population. During the genocide it is alleged that Nsengimana played a leading role in a group of killers known as Les Dragons or Escadron de la mort which included Hutu extremists and members of the Interahamwe militia in its ranks. Hormisdas Nsengimana is accused of ordering the killing of Tutsis, supervising roadblocks for the purpose of identifying Tutsis to be killed, handing over Tutsis for the militia to kill and personally killing Tutsis, including a fellow priest.

Nsengimana is one of several members of the Catholic Church to have been indicted by the ICTR for their alleged role in the genocide. Notable others include Athanase Seromba and Elizaphan Ntakirutimana. The trial against Hormisdas Nsengimana began on 22 June 2007 and was completed at the end of 2008.

On 17 November 2009, Trial Chamber I at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) acquitted Hormisdas Nsengimana of all of the charges against him not being able to find a sufficient factual and legal basis for concluding that he was guilty of any of the crimes.

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