BAMAKO (Reuters) – A former Rwandan military colonel who was accused of masterminding the slaughter of 800,000 individuals through the 1994 genocide has died in jail in Mali, Malian officers mentioned on Saturday.
Theoneste Bagosora was serving a 35-year sentence after being discovered responsible of crimes towards humanity by the then Worldwide Legal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). His sentence had been lowered from life in jail.
“It’s confirmed. He was over 80 years outdated, he was critically in poor health, with coronary heart troubles. He was hospitalised a number of instances and had three surgical procedures. He died as we speak in a clinic,” a supply in Mali’s jail administration who sought anonymity instructed Reuters.
A second supply at Bamako’s Courtroom of Enchantment confirmed the demise.
Prosecutors accused Bagosora, then cupboard director within the defence ministry, of taking management of navy and political affairs within the central African nation after President Juvenal Habyarimana was killed when his airplane was shot down in 1994.
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The Tanzania-based tribunal accused Bagosora of being in control of the troops and Interahamwe Hutu militia who killed some 800,000 minority Tutsis and reasonable Hutus in 100 days.
Canadian Common Romeo Dallaire, head of United Nations peacekeepers through the genocide, described Bagosora because the “kingpin” behind the killings and mentioned the previous colonel had threatened to kill him.
(This story corrects typo in headline.)
(Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo; Writing by George Obulutsa, Modifying by Timothy Heritage)
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