Kajelijeli, Juvénal

Juvénal KajelijeliIn the lead up to the Rwandan genocide, Juvénal Kajelijeli was bourgmestre (mayor) of the Mukingo commune. He represented the executive branch of power and he exercised authority over his governmental subordinates and the Interahamwe (Hutu militia) in this commune. Between April and June 1994, he allegedly organised and took part in different attacks in several places in the communes of Mukingo, Nkuli and Kigombe and he provided arms to the militia.

The trial chamber at the ICTR found him guilty of genocide, of direct and public incitement to commit genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity. However, he was found not guilty of the six other counts. He had then received a single sentence of life imprisonment.

On 23 May 2005, the Appeals Chamber reduced his sentence to 45 years’ imprisonment because Kajelijeli’s fundamental rights had been seriously violated during his arbitrary arrest in Benin in 1998. The Appeal Chamber also revoked his convictions for genocide and extermination. On 27 June 2009, Kajelijeli was transferred to Benin to serve the remainder of his sentence. 

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