Rwanda: Singer Bikindi’s conviction affirmed by UN Appeals Chamber



Rwanda / Tanzania:
Singer Bikindi’s conviction affirmed by UN Appeals Chamber

On 18 March 2010, singer Simon Bikindi’s conviction and sentence of 15 years in prison was affirmed by the Appeals Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

On 2 December 2008, Trial Chamber III found Simon Bikindi — a former singer, composer and leader of a ballet troupe called the Irindiro — guilty of single count of direct and public incitement to commit genocide based on public exhortations to kill Tutsis, which he made on the Kivumu-Kayove road in Gisenyi prefecture in late June 1994.

The Appeals Chamber composed of Judges Patrick Robinson, presiding, Mehmet Güney, Fausto Pocar, Liu Daqun, and Theodor Meron, dismissed the appeals of both Bikindi and the Prosecution in their entirety. He is to remain in the UN Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania, pending his transfer to the country in which he will serve his sentence.

Simon Bikindi was arrested in the Netherlands on 12 July 2001 and transferred to the Tribunal in Tanzania on 27 March 2002. Today, he is 56 years old.


Simon Bikindi in 2008

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