Bisengimana, Paul

Paul BisengimanaPaul Bisengimana is the former bourgmestre (mayor) of the Gikoro Commune, Kigali-Rural Préfecture (central Rwanda). Bisengimana was initially indicted for, inter alia, genocide, complicity to genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of Common Article 3.


On 7 December 2005, Paul Bisengimana pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the murder and extermination of Tutsi civilians (as crimes against humanity) during two attacks: at the Musha Church, and at the Ruhanga Complex. In the Sentencing Brief, the Prosecution recommended a term of imprisonment of not less than 14 years. The Defence requested that Paul Bisengimana be sentenced to not more than 12 years’ imprisonment. A subsequent Plea Agreement signed by the Parties recommended that the Accused be sentenced to between 12 and 14 years’ imprisonment,


On 13 April 2006, the ICTR Trial Chamber sentenced Paul Bisengimana to a term of imprisonment of 15 years. It justified this higher sentence on account of the fact that the accused held an official position, that a high number of victims was involved (more than one thousand) and that the Accused acted in full knowledge of his acts. Moreover, this higher sentence was only related to the crime of extermination, the Trial Chamber having decided to not enter a sentence for the count of murder, following a reasoning on cumulative charges.

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