Mugesera appeal hearing commences later this month

On 9 October 2019 at 05:36

Dr. Léon Mugesera who was found guilty and handed life sentence for role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in 2016 is due in the Court of Appeal following a complaint against the previous verdict.

The schedule of his appeal indicates that Dr. Mugesera will appear in court on 21st October 2019. Pastor Jean Uwinkindi who was also handed life sentence for similar crimes will also appear in court two days after Mugesera.

The High Court handed Mugesera a life sentence on 15th April 2016 following years of trial for role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and crimes against humanity.

During his trial in 2016, the court ruled that he was guilty of multiple counts, including incitement to commit Genocide, inciting ethnic hatred and persecution as a crime against humanity.

He was, however, cleared of charges related to preparing and planning the Genocide and conspiracy in Genocide after the court found there was not enough evidence to convict him.

The ruling was based mainly on hate speech Mugesera delivered in 1992 during a party meeting in Kabaya, in the former Gisenyi Prefecture in the current Western Province.

In the speech aimed at stirring up killings, he was heard referring to the Tutsi as cockroaches that should be killed and sent back to Ethiopia via Nyabarongo, a tributary of the river Nile.

Since the beginning of his trial in 2013, Mugesera never accepted to have delivered the speech.

Mugesera, 64, served as the deputy chairman and special advisor to the former ruling party, MRND, that orchestrated the Genocide.

He was deported from Canada in 2012 after a long battle fighting his extradition to Rwanda to face Genocide related charges.

Mugesera never accepted to have delivered the speech.