On 9 August 1996, Théoneste Bagosora and André Ntagerura, both detained in Yaounde, Cameroon, were indicted by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Judge Lennan Aspegren reviewed these two indictments, confirmed them, and delivered warrants of arrest against the accused.
The Registrar of the Tibunal, Dr. Andronico O. Adede has served the warrants of arrest and the indictments to the Cameroonian authorities.
Théoneste Bagosora is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions and of Additional Protocol II.
This indicrment charges Théoneste Bagosora with serious violations of humanitarian international law, committed throughout the territory of Rwanda, from January to July 1994, in the course of which thousands of men, women and children were killed and a great number of people injured.
Théoneste Bagosora was born on 16 August 1941 in the Republic of Rwanda. In June 1992 he was appointed Chief of Cabinet at the Ministry of Defense. He was still serving in this office on 6 April 1994 when the plane of the Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana crashed. Following the crash he assumed "de facto" control of military and political affairs in Rwanda.
André Ntagerura is charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions and of Additional Protocol II.
André Ntagerura was born on 2 June 1950 in the Republic of Rwanda. During the period referred to in this indictment, André Ntagerura was Minister of Transport and Communications and a prominent member of the ruling party, the Mouvement républicain pour la démocratie et le développement (MNRD) to which the Interahamwe militia was affiliated.
The transfer of the accused to the detention facilities in Arusha will take effect as soon as the President of Cameroon has authorized it.