The New Times, Kigali, March 18 09 —
The trial of Ildephonse Hategekimana started Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) a trial that began with prosecution assuring the court that they have overwhelming evidence against him. The accused, a former officer in the Ex-FAR, is charged with Genocide or in the alternative complicity to Genocide, murder and rape as crimes against humanity.
Hategekimana was supposed to be transferred to Rwanda for trial alongside four other accused, but was blocked by the court. His is the latest trial to begin at the already backlogged tribunal that is supposed to end this year.
Prosecutor William Egbe told the court that the accused exercised his authority and ordered soldiers to carry out the massacres.
“He ordered Hutu civilians, Interahamwe and soldiers to kill Tutsis in Butare (Southern Province),” the Senior Trial Attorney said. Egbe added that Hategekimana ordered soldiers in the Ngoma camp to rape Tutsi girls and women before killing them and that he also armed the perpetrators of the acts with grenades, machetes and guns.