On March 1, 2010, the Hirondelle News Agency reported that Augustin Mugemanyi, the former administrative and financial director of the Rwandan Prosecutor’s Office, will be tried on appeal before a Gacaca court in Kigali. He is to answer charges of rape and other sexual abuses during the 1994 genocide.
The March 6 hearing will be held in camera, according to rules concerning rape cases. The names of the victims will not be disclosed.
At the conclusion of his initial trial in December 2009, Mugemanyi was given a life sentence. He was found guilty of complicity in several murders–amongst them the murder of a well-known singer Loti Bizimana, of illegal confinement, as well as of rape and sexual abuses in his Kigali neighborhood of Nyakabanda.
The defendant lodged an appeal.
The three main witnesses of the prosecution are Mugemanyi’s co-accused.
Source: Hirondelle News Agency