Prosecutor v. Nahimana

Case No. ICTR-99-52-T (2003)

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Prosecutor v. Nahimana

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Trial Chamber
Case No. ICTR-99-52-T (2003)

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Facts

Rwandan media and political figures Ferdinand Nahimana, Hassan Ngeze, and Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza (defendants) played prominent roles in encouraging Rwanda’s Hutu ethnic group to commit acts of violence against Rwanda’s Tutsi ethnic group. The three men made many public statements likely to feed Hutu resentment against the Tutsis. Although many of these statements communicated factual information about statistical imbalances between the Hutu and Tutsi communities, many other statements seemed calculated to inflame ethnic tensions and continued even after violence broke out. For example, Nahimana’s radio station systematically referred to Tutsis as enemies and, after killings began, was often referred to as Radio Machete. Barayagwiza’s CDR political party promoted the killing of Tutsi civilians in terms such as “let’s exterminate them.” Ngeze’s newspaper acted as a mouthpiece for CDR, and Ngeze personally encouraged Hutus in the expectation that the Tutsi community would be exterminated. After the violence subsided, the United Nations convened an International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The ICTR’s prosecutor indicted Nahimana, Ngeze, and Barayagwiza for inciting genocide.

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