Joseph Serugendo, former member of the Comité d’Initiative, the steering committee of Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, (RTLM) and a former member of the National Committee of the Interahamwe militia, appeared today 30 September before Judge Khalida Rachid Khan ( Pakistan) and pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
In the 21 July 2005 indictment, Serugendo is charged with five counts including conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide and persecution as a crime against humanity.
According to the indictment, Serugendo, who was Technical Chief of Radio Rwanda and RTLM, acted in concert with others, including Ferdinand Nahimana, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, Phocas Habimana and Félicien Kabuga, to organize and conduct the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
He was arrested on 16 September 2005 in Libreville, Gabon, and transferred to the Tribunal's Detention Facility in Arusha on 23 September 2005.
The date for his trial will be fixed at a later time.