Nahimana, Ferdinand

Ferdinand Nahimana (left) and his co-accused Hassan Ngeze (right)Ferdinand Nahimana was a historian and one of the founders of Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (Free Radio and Television of the Thousand Hills, RTLM) in Rwanda. In 1994, under the direction of Ferdinand Nahimana, this station broadcast messages inciting listeners to commit genocide. Between January and July 1994, Nahimana, members of the Mouvement républicain national pour la démocratie et le développement, and Interahamwe militiamen together organised meetings where the elimination of the Tutsis and moderate Hutus was discussed.

Ferdinand Nahimana's case was combined with that of Hassan Ngeze and of Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza (the so-called “Media case”). On 3 December 2003, the Trial Chamber of the ICTR found Ferdinand Nahimana guilty of seven counts, including genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, and persecution and extermination as a crime against humanity and sentenced him to life imprisonment. On 28 November 2007, the Appeals Chamber affirmed his guilt but only for the counts of direct and public incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity (persecution). His sentence was reduced to 30 years’ imprisonment.

The "Media case" before the Rwanda Tribunal: The Nahimana et al. Appeal JudgementThe "Media case" before the Rwanda Tribunal: The Nahimana et al. Appeal JudgementThe "Media case" before the Rwanda Tribunal: The Nahimana et al. Appeal Judgement
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