Niyitegeka, Eliezer

Following the death of President Habyarimana on April 6 1994, Eliezer Niyitegeka held the position of Minister of Information in the Interim Government of Rwanda, responsible for government policy concerning the mass media and with control over the content of broadcasts on RTLM, the Hutu Power extremist radio station. Niyitegeka was accused of conspiring with others including Théoneste Bagosora, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko and Félicien Kabuga in the formulation and execution of a plan to exterminate the civilian Tutsi population of Rwanda.

According to the Amended Indictment of 25 November 2002, Niyitegeka was charged with genocide or complicity in the alternative, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. After being arrested in Kenya in February 1999 and transferred to the custody of the ICTR in the same month, his trial commenced on 17 June 2002. The Prosecutor brought evidence demonstrating that Niyitegeka took part in several large-scale attacks against Tutsi civilians resulting in the massacre of thousands of Tutsis during the genocide.

On 16 May 2003, Trial Chamber I found Niyitegeka guilty of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, as well as murder, extermination and other inhumane acts as crimes against humanity. He was found not guilty of complicity, rape as a crime against humanity and violations of Common Article 3. Niyitegeka was sentenced to life imprisonment, with both the judgment and sentence confirmed on Appeal on 9 July 2004.

Niyitegeka was transferred to Mali in December 2008 to serve his sentence.

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