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Ruggiu (ICTR-97-32)

Trial Judgment: 1 June 2000

Georges Ruggiu, a Belgian national working as a journalist in Rwanda during 1994, was indicted in connection with anti-Tutsi statements calling for violence against Tutsis, allegedly made in the course of his work as a radio broadcaster. The prosecution charged Ruggiu with direct responsibility for incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity for acts of persecution.

Ruggiu pled guilty on both charges, and in 2000 an ICTR Trial Chamber approved the guilty plea and sentenced Ruggiu to 12 years’ imprisonment. Neither party appealed the Trial Chamber’s judgment.