Nchamihigo, Siméon

Siméon Nchamihigo worked in the Office of the Prosecutor in the Cyangugu Prefecture of Rwanda between 1 January and 17 July 1994. According to the Amended Indictment against Siméon Nchamihigo issued by the International Criminal Tribunal (ICTR) for Rwanda of 18 July 2006, Nchamihigo acted in the capacity of Substitut du Procureur in the Office of Prosecutor on the basis of a forged diploma used to acquire the position.

Siméon Nchamihigo was accused of genocide; complicity in genocide; crimes against humanity: assassination and extermination for his role in ordering or instigating the Interhamwe militia to kill Tutsi civilians throughout the 100-day Rwandan genocide which began in early April 1994. Additionally, Nchamihigo was charged with violence to life, health and physical or mental well being of persons, in particular murder, cruel treatment such as torture, mutilation, or any kind of physical maltreatment (as violations of the laws and customs of war).

Nchamihigo pleaded not guilty to all charges. On 24 September 2008, Trial Chamber III of the ICTR, sentenced Siméon Nchamihigo to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide, extermination, murder and other inhumane act as crimes against humanity. On 18 March 2010 the Appeals Chamber reduced the sentence to 40 years’ imprisonment.

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