Protais Mpiranya, one of many final remaining fugitives sought over the 1994 Rwandan genocide, has been confirmed useless and the case in opposition to him has been closed, the prosecutor of the successor courtroom to the UN Rwanda tribunal mentioned on Thursday.
An worldwide investigation concluded that Mpiranya died on October fifth in 2006 in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.
He was alleged to have been a senior chief of the 1994 Rwandan genocide in opposition to the Tutsi inhabitants and was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 2000.
Mpiranya was charged with eight counts of genocide, complicity in genocide, crimes in opposition to humanity and battle crimes. He was additionally deemed accountable for the murders of, amongst others, Rwandan Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and 10 Belgian United Nations peacekeepers.
“For the victims of his crimes, Mpiranya was a feared and notorious fugitive”, Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz mentioned in a press release. “Confirming his death provides the solace of knowing that he cannot cause further harm.”
There at the moment are solely 5 excellent fugitives below the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT)’ jurisdiction. The IRMCT remains to be prosecuting the remaining instances within the Rwandan genocide, such because the trial of Felicien Kabuga.
Former UN tribunals for battle crimes in Rwanda and Yugoslavia have been rolled over right into a successor courtroom that has places of work in The Hague, Netherlands, and in Arusha, Tanzania.