Former Rwandan minister Edouard Karemera convicted of genocide dies in Senegal jail
A former senior Rwandan official condemned by the Worldwide Prison Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) for his function within the genocide of the Tutsi in 1994 died in a Senegalese jail the place he was serving his sentence.
“I affirm the loss of life of Edouard Karemera in Senegal. The trigger remains to be unknown to us ”, informed AFP Ousman Njikam, spokesperson for the UN Mechanism for Worldwide Prison Tribunals (MTPI), the construction accountable for guaranteeing the residual capabilities of the ICTR which closed its doorways on the finish of 2015.
Mr Karemera, who was “Sick for just a few days”, died Tuesday morning at the age of 69.
He was transferred from Arusha, Tanzania, where the court was based, to Senegal in 2017, where he was held in the Sebikotane prison outside Dakar.
Karemera was also Rwanda’s interior minister in 1994, was convicted alongside former ruling party chief Matthieu Ngirumpatse.
After decades of tensions between Rwanda’s Hutu ethnic majority and the minority Tutsi, a killing spree erupted in April 1994 after a plane carrying Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana was shot down.
Over the next 100 days, some 800,000 people — mainly Tutsis but also moderate Hutus — were killed.