Imanishimwe, Samuel

Samuel ImanishimweSamuel Imanishimwe was a lieutenant within the Rwandan army and held the position of Commander of the Cyangugu barracks until July 1994. In this capacity, he exercised de facto and de jure authority over army units in Cyangugu préfecture (Southwest Rwanda).


Samuel Imanishimwe was accused of having held a large number of meetings to instigate or prepare the genocide and prepared lists of people to eliminate. According to the indictment, he also participated in the training, arming and instructing of the Interahamwe, who later committed massacres of the civilian Tutsi population.


On 25 February 2004, the Trial Chamber at the ICTR found Imanishimwe guilty of, inter alia, genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of Common Article 3. He was sentenced to 27 years’ imprisonment. On 7 July 2006, the Appeals Chamber upheld Imanishimwe’s convictions for murder, imprisonment, torture (crimes against humanity) and murder, torture and cruel treatment (serious violations of Common Article 3), but set aside several convictions. His sentence was reduced to 12 years in prison.

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