Serugendo, Joseph

Joseph SerugendoAt the time of the genocide in Rwanda, Joseph Serugendo was member of the Comité d’initiative and technical director of the extremist radio station RTLM, as well as a member of the National Committee of the Interahamwe and owner of a bar in Kigali used for meetings prior to the genocide. According to his Indictment, Serugendo also had close associations with political and business leaders such as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s (ICTR) most wanted fugitive, Félicien Kabuga.

The Indictment alleged that Serugendo began inciting the killing of Tutsis from the beginning of 1992, and during 1994 was responsible alongside Ferdinand Nahimana, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza and Félicien Kabuga for the radio broadcasts which disseminated extremist propaganda aimed at the extermination of the Tutsi population. After fleeing Rwanda, Serugendo was eventually arrested in Gabon, and first appeared before the ICTR in September 2005 pleading not guilty to the five counts of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide or complicity in the alternative, direct and public incitement to commit genocide and persecution.

Following an agreement reached with the Prosecutor, Serugendo produced a document of evidence assisting the Prosecutor with his investigations and pleaded guilty to charges of direct and public incitement to commit genocide and persecution as a crime against humanity. Taking into consideration his plea agreement, expression of remorse and ill health, on 2 June 2006 Serugendo was sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment. Serugeno died a month later.

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