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Appeals Chamber Affirms Muvunyi’s Conviction and Sentence

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, composed of Judge Patrick Robinson, presiding, Judge Fausto Pocar, Judge Liu Daqun, Judge Theodor Meron, and Judge Carmel Agius, today affirmed the conviction and sentence of Tharcisse Muvunyi, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Rwand Armed Forces.

On 11 February 2010, Trial Chamber III convicted Muvunyi of direct and public incitement to commit genocide based on his statements made at a public meeting at the Gikore Trade Center and sentenced him to 15 years of imprisonment. This conviction followed a retrial ordered by the Appeals Chamber on this allegation on 29 August 2008.

The Appeals Chamber, Judges Liu and Meron dissenting, affirmed Muvunyi’s conviction for direct and public incitement to commit genocide and affirmed his sentence of 15 years of imprisonment. The Appeals Chamber dismissed the Prosecution appeal in its entirety.

Muvunyi was born on 19 August 1953 in Mukarange Commune, Byumba Prefecture, Rwanda. In 1994, he held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Rwandan army and was stationed at the Ecole des Sous-Officiers in Butare Prefecture.

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