The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on 1 July 2012 transferred four convicts to serve their sentences in the Republic of Mali, bringing to twenty the number of individuals who have served or are serving their sentences in that country.
A few days earlier, on 29 June 2012, the Tribunal transferred another four convicts to the Republic of Benin, bringing to 16 the number of individuals who served or are serving their sentences there.
Those transferred, pursuant to Decisions on the Enforcement of Sentences made by the President under Article 26 of the Statute of the Tribunal, Rule 103 of the Rules on Procedure and Evidence, and the Directive on the Designation of the State Enforcement of Sentences are Yusuf Munyakazi, Tharcise Renzaho, Dominique Ntawukulilyayo and Théoneste Bagosora to Mali, and Aloys Ntabakuze, Ildephonse Hategekimana, Gaspard Kanyarukiga and Callixte Kalimanzira to Benin.
Earlier in the year, on 20 March 2012, three other convicts, Simeon Nchamihigo, Ephrem Setako and Simon Bikindi were transferred to serve their sentences in Benin.
Samuel Imanishimwe who was serving his 12 years sentence in Mali, was on 8 August 2011 released upon completion of his sentence. Juvénal Rugambarara, serving his 11 year sentence in Benin, was on 8 February 2012 released upon serving three-fourths of his sentence.
Jean Bosco Barayagwiza and Georges Rutuganda, who where serving a 32 year sentence and life sentence, died on 25 April 2010 and 11 October 2010 respectively in Benin.
Nineteen convicts are currently serving their sentences in Mali, while 14 are serving theirs in Benin.