Theoneste Bagosora is serving a 35-year sentence after being found guilty of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court for Rwanda (ICTR). His sentence has been reduced from life imprisonment.
“It is confirmed. He is over 80 years old, he is seriously ill, with heart problems. He was hospitalized several times and underwent three operations. He died today (Saturday) in a clinic,” said a source in Mali’s prison administration. who did not want to be named as quoted from Reuters, Sunday (26/9/2021).
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A second source at the Bamako Court of Appeal also confirmed the news of Bagosora’s death.
Prosecutors accused Bagosora, a cabinet director at the defense ministry, of taking control of military and political affairs in the central African country after President Juvenal Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down in 1994.
The Tanzania-based court accused Bagosora of responsibility for the Interahamwe Hutu troops and militia that killed around 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 100 days.
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Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, head of UN peacekeeping during the genocide, described Bagosora as the mastermind behind the killings and said the former colonel threatened to kill him.