Appeals Chamber confirms Muhimana's sentence of life imprisonment 21 May 2007
On 21 May, the Appeals Chamber of the ICTR confirmed Mikaeli Muhimana's sentence of life imprisonment for genocide, rape and murder.

On 21 May 2007, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda confirmed the convictions of Mikaeli (“Mika”) Muhimana for genocide, rape and murder as crimes against humanity. His sentence of life imprisonment was also confirmed. By majority, the Appeals Chamber allowed two of Muhimana’s 16 grounds of appeal, challenging his convictions and sentence. Unanimously, it found that Muhimana’s convictions and sentences were not invalidated by allowing these two grounds of appeal.

Mikaeli Muhimana was the conseiller of the Gishyta Sector in the commune of Gishyta in the Kibuye Prefecture from 1990 through 1994. The Trial Chamber found that Muhimana personally targeted Tutsi civilians during five attacks by shooting and raping his victims and that he did so with the intent to destroy in whole or in part the Tutsi group. He was also found guilty of committing and abetting the commission of rape. Additionally, he was found guilty of the murder of various people during the months of April, May and June 1994.

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