Kanyarukiga, Gaspard

Gaspard Kanyarukiga is described in the indictment against him as a “powerful businessman” in the Kibuye préfecture. For his alleged acts during the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, Kanyarukiga is charged with genocide, or complicity in the alternative, conspiracy to commit genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity.

It is alleged that Gaspard Kanyarukiga conspired with convicted génocidaire and priest, Athanase Seromba, as well  Grégoire Ndahimana and Fulgence Kayishema in the preparation, planning and execution of a plan to exterminate the Tutsi of Kivumu commune. The prosecution alleges that Kanyarukiga bears responsibility for the Nyange Parish massacre in which more than 2000 Tutsi refugees were slaughtered when the parish was burned to the ground, attacked with grenades, and bulldozed. So far only Athanase Seromba has been found by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to have at least partial responsibility for the massacre.

Gaspard Kanyarukiga was arrested in July 2004 in South Africa and transferred to the custody of the ICTR later that month. At his initial appearance on 22 July 2004, Kanyarukiga pleaded not guilty to all the charges. On 6 June 2008, the Referral Bench of the ICTR rejected a request by the prosecutor for the case to be transferred to the national jurisdiction of Rwanda, citing concerns over a fair trial. The case began on 31 August 2009. On 1 November 2010, Kanyarukiga was convicted of genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity and sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment.

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