ICTR acquits two genocide suspects
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on February 11, 2014 ordered the acquittal of two most senior suspects who had been sentenced for genocide crimes committed in Rwanda in 1994.
The court ordered the immediate release of Gen Augustin Ndindiliyimana, the former head of the Rwandan gendarmerie and a former army officer, Major François-Xavier Nzuwonemeye.
Gen Augustin Ndindiliyimana was already free as his sentence was the 11 years he had spent in custody awaiting trial and his counterpart were among the four most prominent figures sentenced by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)- in a group that was code named- ‘military 2.’
The others co-accused Captain Innocent Sagahutu also got a downgrading of the sentence of from 20 to 15 years, while these included an ex-army chief Gen Augustin Bizimungu, who was given 30 years and is also appealing his sentence.
When the four officers were convicted in May 2011, Bizimungu was found to have been in complete control over the men he commanded in 1994.