Rwandan Colonel Theoneste Bagosora, convicted of genocide, war, and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has died.
It was confirmed by some of his family members who were with him in Mali where he was serving his sentence by the court that had sentenced him. In 2008, the court sentenced him to life in prison after the sentence was commuted in 2011 and he was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Bagosora, 80, was born in the former Gisenyi prefecture. It is now in the Western Province of Rwanda. He studied at the Rwanda Military Academy (ESM), and also came because of the deputy principal from studying other military courses in France. He also headed the Kanombe military base before becoming chief of staff at the Rwandan Ministry of Defense. Col. Bagosora was considered a close ally of President Habyarimana’s regime to the point that some regarded him as a genius in the decisions that were made at the highest levels.
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has convicted him of involvement in the deaths of former Prime Minister Agatha Uwiringiyimana, Joseph Kavaruganda, former President of the Constitutional Court, Faustin Rucogoza, former Minister of Information, Frederic Nzamurambaho, former Minister of Agriculture and Landoald Ndasingwa, former Minister of Social Welfare and 10 Belgian soldiers in the UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda.
This year, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) rejected the request to release him before the end of his sentence, explaining that it was based on the gravity of the crimes he had been convicted of.