Ndayambaje, Elie

Elie NdayambajeElie Ndayambaje was Bourgmestre of Muganza commune in the Butare préfecture of Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. He is charged by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) with conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The charges against Ndayambaje relate to an alleged plan to exterminate Tutsis in which he is said to have participated along with several other persons of authority from the Butare area. The Prosecutor alleges that the plan involved the distribution of arms to militias, inciting racial hatred, drafting lists of persons to be killed, as well the massacre of Tutsi civilians. Ndayambaje is being tried in a joint case known as the “Butare Group” case alongside Joseph Kanyabashi, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Arsène Shalom Ntahobali, Sylvain Nsabimana and Alphonse Nteziryayo.

Ndayambaje was arrested in Belgium on 28 June 1995, and transferred to the ICTR in Arusha, Tanzania, in 1996 where trial proceedings alongside his co-accused began on 12 June 2001.

The trial ended on 30 April 2009. The judgment is expected in 2010.

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