Musabyimana, Samuel (deceased)

Samuel Musabyimana was Bishop of the Anglican Church in Shyogwe Diocese in the Gitarama préfecture in Rwanda during the genocide. Under an Indictment of 15 March 2001, Musabyimana was charged with genocide or complicity in the alternative, conspiracy to commit genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity.

The Prosecutor alleged that Musabyimana gave instructions to a pastor to register the names and ethnicities of the around 500 refugees that fled to the Shyogwe Diocese after the genocide began, which was then used to identify Tutsis to be killed. Musabyimana was also alleged to have authorized the manning of roadblocks to identify Tutsi civilians, conspired with ministers in the Interim Government, held meetings with persons such as Tharcisse Renzaho and Edouard Karemera to discuss the killing of Tutsis and acted as an emissary for the Government to legitimize its policies despite being aware of the plan to exterminate the Tutsi population.

Musabyimana was arrested in Kenya in 2001 and transferred to the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). On 24 January 2003, before the commencement of proceedings, Musabyimana died in custody at the UN detention centre in Arusha.

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