Barayagwiza, Jean-Bosco

Jean Bosco BarayagwizaJean-Bosco Barayagwiza, a founding member of the Coalition pour la défense de la République (CDR) in Rwanda, was member of the comité d’initiative for the Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (Free Radio and Television of the Thousand Hills, RTLM).

From 1990 until December 1994, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza and others conspired to exterminate the civilian Tutsi population and eliminate members of the opposition. The components of their plan included the broadcasting of messages of ethnic hatred and incitements to violence, the training of militias and distribution of weapons to militiamen, and the preparation and diffusion of lists of people to be killed.

His trial was combined with the trials of Hassan Ngeze and of Ferdinand Nahimana (the so-called “media case”). On 3 December 2003, the Trial Chamber of the ICTR found Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza guilty of nine counts and sentenced him to 35 years of imprisonment. On 28 November 2007, the Appeals Chamber affirmed his guilt but only for the counts of instigating the perpetration of acts of genocide, for planning, ordering or instigating the commission of a crime against humanity (extermination) and for instigating the perpetration of a crime against humanity (persecution). His sentence was reduced to 32 years’ imprisonment.

On 27 June 2009, Barayagwiza was transferred to Benin to serve the remainder of his sentence. 

On Sunday 25 April 2010 Jean Bosco Barayagwiza passed away at the Centre Hospitalier Départemental de l’Ouémé of Porto Novo, Republic of Benin, where he was admitted on 5 March 2010.

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