Ntagerura, André

André NtageruraAt the time of the genocide in Rwanda, André Ntagerura was the Minister for Transport and Communications in the Interim Government established after the death of President Juvénil Habyarimana. Ntagerura was arrested in Cameroon in March 1996.

According to an Amended Indictment of 26 January 1998, Ntagerura attended meetings in which preparations were made for the genocide of the Tutsi population of Rwanda, provided transport and arms to Interahamwe militias, and gave support to Yussuf Munyakazi and Emmanuel Bagambiki in overseeing the activities of the Interahamwe. Ntagerura was charged by way of his individually responsibility with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination as a crime against humanity, war crimes, and complicity in genocide by way of his superior responsibility.

On 11 October 1999 Trial Chamber III granted the Prosecutor’s request to join Ntagerura’s case with those of Emmanuel Bagambiki, Samuel Imanishimwe and Yussuf Munyakazi, though Munyakazi’s case was later severed. The trial began in September 2000, and on 25 February 2004 Ntagerura was acquitted of all the charges against him. The Trial Chamber asserted that the prosecution had failed to provide credible proof beyond a reasonable doubt of the allegations made. The decision was later confirmed on appeal on 7 July 2006, despite the Prosecutor requesting the Appeals Chamber to impose life imprisonment.

Following his acquittal, Ntagerura was confined to a ‘safe house’ at the Tribuanal’s expense after no country was willing to accept him. Ntagerura has filed motions to try to force Canada to grant his asylum and has also transmitted his case to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

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