Theoneste Bagosora is dead. A Rwandan colonel, convicted of participating in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, died in Mali at the age of 80.
Colonel Achille’s son told the BBC that his father had died in the hospital. – It’s confirmed. He was over 80, seriously ill, had heart problems. He was hospitalized several times and underwent three operations. He died in the clinic today, a representative of the authorities of the Malian prison in which Bagosora was imprisoned told Reuters on Saturday.
Bagosora was arrested in Cameroon two years after the Rwanda massacre.
In 2008, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found him guilty of crimes against humanity and of organizing the killings of many politicians, including Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, who was also the interim president of Rwanda from July 1993 until his death on April 7, 1994.
Initially, he was sentenced to life imprisonment, then reduced to 35 years in prison, the BBC reminds.
Genocide in Rwanda
The Rwanda massacre began with the death in a plane crash on April 6, 1994, the then Hutu president Juvenal Habyarimana. His plane was shot down, and the Hutus accused the Tutsi stain of the bombing.
By July 1994, Hutu militias had murdered from 800,000 to a million Tutsis – a tenth of the population. The UN troops stationed in Rwanda at that time were powerless because their mandate did not allow for military action. On April 21, the UN Security Council decided to withdraw most of the UNAMIR forces. When issuing a resolution condemning the crimes, it did not define them as genocide. On June 23, with the consent of the United Nations, French troops entered Rwanda. In August, the Tutsis took power. According to UN observers, government troops massacred Hutu in refugee camps in the second half of the year.
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