Arusha, March 26, 2010 (FH) - Nearly five months after being acquitted of 1994 genocide, Catholic Priest Father Hormisdas Nsengimana has found a new home in Italy, reports Hirondelle News Agency.

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Father Nsengimana was accused of supervising killings of ethnic Tutsis at Christ the King College, where he was the Rector during the genocide.

"Following fruitful negotiations between the ICTR and the Italian embassy in Tanzania, Father  Nsengimana was allowed to leave Arusha for Italy where he arrived this morning [Tuesday] with his French lawyer Emmanuel Altit", ICTR spokesperson Roland Amoussouga told Hirondelle.

The defendant was acquitted on November 17, 2009 and the prosecution stated later they will not appeal against the acquittal.

The ICTR has yet to find a host country for three other acquitted persons-- former Minister of Transport Andre Ntagerura, General Gratien Kabiligi and Protais Zigiranyirazo, a brother-in-law of the late president Habyarimana.

Other persons acquitted by the ICTR and have already found a host are: former mayors Ignace Bagilishema and Jean Mpambara, who are now in France; Emmanuel Bagambiki, who lives in Belgium; and former Minister of Education André Rwamakuba, who joined his family in Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Canisius Ntakiyimana, a former neighbour to the Rwandan ex-Director in the Ministry of Family and Women Affairs Jean Baptiste Gatete on Monday denied that the accused was present at Gakoni Orphanage Centre in Byumba, north-eastern Rwanda, where orphans were forcibly transferred to Kiziguro Parish in 1994 allegedly later killed.

The accused is facing charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity.

The witness, also known by another name as Innocent Munyaneza now living in Uganda as a refugee, narrated that on April 9, 1994 he together with other residents at his locality curiously went to Gikoni Ophanage Centre after witnessing a convoy of vehicles, including that of the gendarmes and Mayor of Murambi, Jean de Dieu Mwange.

 The trial continues on Monday.

In another development, Colonel Theoneste Bagosora, former Director to Cabinet (directeur de cabinet) in the Rwandan Ministry of Defence  and alleged mastermind of the 1994 genocide, has formally lodged his appeal one year after he was handed down a life jail sentence by the UN Court.

Bagosora's Lead counsel Raphael Constant, has advanced six motives in his 65-page appeal to the ICTR's upper chamber.

On December 18, 2008, the Trial chamber found that Bagosora was responsible for the killings of then Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, the UN 10 Belgian peacekeepers, as well as for crimes committed at several roadblocks in the Kigali area.

He was, therefore, guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.


 © Hirondelle News Agency