Arusha, July 4, 2012 (FH) – The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has transferred former top Rwandan Defence Ministry official Théoneste Bagosora and three other convicts to serve their sentences in Mali.

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Seven others have been moved to Benin, according to a statement issued by the Tribunal on Wednesday. Mali and Benin are among seven countries that have agreed to take ICTR convicts in their jails.

Bagosora, who was Cabinet Director at the Rwandan Defence Ministry, was first sentenced to life for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. However, the ICTR Appeals Chamber overturned some of the findings of the lower court and reduced his sentence to 35 years in a controversial judgment on December 14, 2011. The Appeals Chamber found him guilty only on the basis of superior responsibility, for failing to prevent and punish crimes committed by subordinates.

He was found liable for the killings of Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and other influential persons at various places in Kigali between April 6 and 9, 1994.

Bagosora was tried alongside three other former top Rwandan army officers. One of them was acquitted by the Tribunal for lack of evidence.

Bagosora was arrested in Cameroon on March 9, 1996, and transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha on January 23, 1997. His trial began on April 2, 2002. The first instance judgment was issued on December 18, 2008.