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Dominique Ntawukulilyayo Pleads Not Guilty

Dominique Ntawukulilyayo, the former sous-préfet in Butare Prefecture, today made his initial appearance before Judge Khalida Rachid Khan. Ntawukulilyayo pleaded not guilty to three counts, genocide, complicity in genocide, and direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

Ntawukulilyayo is alleged to have planned the killing of up to 25,000 Tutsis at Kabuye Hill between 6 April and 17 July 1994.

The indictment alleges that Ntawukulilyayo had de facto control over local and regional leaders, administrative personnel, communal police as well as Interahamwe and other militias in Butare during the genocide. Ntawukulilyayo was allegedly responsible for inciting the general public to participate in genocide by promising money, lands and houses to those who were responsible for killing the greatest number of Tutsi.

Ntawukulilyayo was arrested in the French town of Carcassonne in October 2007 on the basis of a warrant issued by the ICTR. He fought his extradition in the French courts but was at the end of the proceedings transferred ICTR on 5 June 2008.

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