Published On: Sun, Sep 26th, 2021

Rwandan genocide ‘kingpin’ Bagosora dies in Mali prison, sources say

A former Rwandan military colonel who was accused of masterminding the slaughter of 800,000 folks in the course of the 1994 genocide has died in jail in Mali, Malian officers mentioned on Saturday.

Theoneste Bagosora was serving a 35-year sentence after being discovered responsible of crimes in opposition to humanity by the then International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

His sentence had been decreased from life in jail.

“It is confirmed. He was over 80 years old, he was seriously ill, with heart troubles. He was hospitalised several times and had three surgeries. He died today in a clinic,” a supply in Mali’s jail administration who sought anonymity instructed Reuters.

A second supply at Bamako’s Court of Appeal confirmed the loss of life.

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Prosecutors accused Bagosora, then cupboard director in the defence ministry, of taking management of navy and political affairs in the central African nation after President Juvenal Habyarimana was killed when his airplane was shot down in 1994.

The Tanzania-based tribunal accused Bagosora of being in cost of the troops and Interahamwe Hutu militia who killed some 800,000 minority Tutsis and average Hutus in 100 days.

Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, head of United Nations peacekeepers in the course of the genocide, described Bagosora because the “kingpin” behind the killings and mentioned the previous colonel had threatened to kill him.

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