Ngeze, Hassan

Hassan Ngeze (right) and his co-accused, Ferdinand Nahimana (left)Hassan Ngeze was a Rwandan journalist and editor-in-chief of the Kangura newspaper. He was also a founding member of the CDR (Movement for the Defence of the Republic) and one of the militia’s leaders in the Gisenyi prefecture.

Between April and June 1994, Hassan Ngeze called for the extermination of Tutsis and opposition Hutus during interviews with Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (Free Radio and Television of the Thousand Hills, RTLM) and Radio Rwanda.  He had repeatedly called for the extermination of these groups in many of his articles. Ngeze also supplied arms to civilians and issued lists containing the names of Tutsis and moderate Hutus to be eliminated. Additionally, he participated in killings and incited rapes.

His trial was combined with the trials of Ferdinand Nahimana and of Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza (the so-called “media case”). The Trial Chamber of the ICTR found Hassan Ngeze guilty of seven counts and sentenced him to life imprisonment. On 28 November 2007, the Appeals Chamber affirmed his guilt but only for the counts of aiding and abetting the commission of genocide, for direct and public incitement to commit genocide through the publication, and for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity (extermination). His sentence was reduced to 35 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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