Ndindiliyimana, Augustin

During the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 Augustin Ndindiliyimana held the position of Chief of Staff of the Gendarmerie nationale. In this position he exercised authority over the entire Gendarmerie nationale, which was tasked with maintaining public order and peace, and ensuring the observance of laws in Rwanda.

Following his arrest in Belgium in 2000 where he had been staying as a political refugee, Augustin Ndindiliyimana was extradited to Arusha to face charges of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide or complicity in genocide in the alternative, crimes against humanity and war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The proceedings against Ndindiliyimana began on 20 September 2004 in a joint case with Augustin Bizimungu, François-Xavier Nzuwonemeye and Innocent Sagahutu known as “Military II”.

According to the indictment of 23 August 2004, Augustin Ndindiliyimana is alleged to have conspired with his co-accused in the planning and commission of a plan to exterminate Tutsis in Rwanda. Ndindiliyimana is also accused of frustrating the attempts of UNAMIR in the investigation of weapons caches and for his responsibility for the atrocities committed by forces under his control, including the deaths of ten Belgian peacekeepers in April 1994 which sparked the withdrawal of all Belgian troops from the UN mission in Rwanda.

The case was completed on 29 June 2009, with a judgment to follow later in 2009.

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