Gen. Marcel Gatsinzi implicates Colonel Bagosora

By RNA Reporter Wednesday, 30 March 2011

General Marcel Gatsinzi Wednesday accused Genocide-convict Colonel Théoneste Bagosora of sabotage when he was appointed acting army Chief of Staff in 1994, RNA reports.

Gen. Gatsinzi traveled to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha to testify in an appeals case involving Colonel Bagosora who was convicted of genocide among other crimes in December 2008.

Colonel Bagosora had asked for Gen. Gatsinzi to testify in his appeal case challenging life imprisonment sentence.

“Col. Bagosora circumvented me. He gave orders to some unit commanders who had to receive the orders directly from the Chief of Staff,” Gen. Gatsinzi, who was appointed to the post on late night of April 6,1994, told the Appeals Chamber of the ICTR.

The Minister said, Bagosora communicated directly with commanders of the Para-battalion and presidential guard. “There was a parallel network within the ministry coordinated by Bagosora,”

According to Minister Gatsinzi, his former boss also sidelined him in transfer of funds of the national bank from Kigali to Gitarama without his knowledge. He as well accused Bagosora of being behind his attempted assassination before assuming his new post.

Gen. Gatsinzi, had refused to testify for Bagosora in the first instance, but later in September 2006 expressed his readiness, giving conditions that he would show up as a court witness and that he would be heard through video link but the Trial Chamber I refused to consider him as its witness and no follow up was made.

Bagosora, considered the mastermind of the 1994 Rwandan genocide was the Director of Cabinet of Ministry of Defence under him were Chief of Staff of the Army and Chief of Staff of Gendarmerie and other military institutions at the time.

The Trial Chamber found him guilty of the killings of Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and 10 Belgian peacekeepers in charge of her security, as well as crimes committed at several roadblocks in the Kigali area and in his hometown of Gisenyi (North-West of Rwanda) between April 6 and 9, 1994.

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