Charles Ndereyhe Ntahontuy

06.06.2018
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Facts

Charles Ndereyehe Ntahontuye is from Cyabingo commune, Rwanda.

 

In 1992, along with other Rwandan intellectuals, he created the Progressive Republican Circle, a group that was considered extremist because of his incitement to commit genocide against the Tutsi. The same year, Ndereyehe left the presidential party to found the Radical Hutu Coalition for the Defense of the Republic, which will play a crucial role in the genocide.

 

In 1993, he became director of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences of Rwanda (IASR) where he allegedly ousted of important positions members who did not share his anti-Tutsi ideas. In March 1993, he also reportedly supervised the recruitment and training of a militia to implement the genocide.

In April 1994, he reportedly led meetings at IASR to prepare for the genocide and the plan to leave no Tutsi survivors at IASR and vicinity. The plan is implemented at the end of the same month: on 26 April 1994 more than 300 people were killed during the massacre. In May 1994, he allegedly provided significant financial support for the genocide by allocating part of the IASR budget to operations against Tutsis and as a reward for the perpetrators of crimes against Tutsis.

In 1994, Ndereyehe fled Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where he created a politico-military movement based on the ideology of genocide, the Republican Assembly for Rwandan Democracy – RDR.

He lives in the Netherlands today where he continues his political activities. He is one of the leaders of the unregistered United Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkigi), an alliance with RDR, which has links with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). He also coordinates the activities of groups that share an ideology similar to that which gave rise to the genocide.

Legal procedure

On 5 November 2008, Ndereyehe was tried in absentia before the Gacaca courts, Rwandan traditional and community courts having served in particular for the purpose of reconciliation after the genocide. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide at IASR.

On 20 April 22010, Rwanda issued an international arrest warrant against him. He is also on the list of people wanted by Interpol.

In March 2018, in Rwanda, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide asked the Netherlands to arrest Ndereyehe and extradite him or to try him.

Fact Sheet
Name: Charles Ndereyhe Ntahontuy
Nationality: Rwandan
Context: Rwanda
Charges: Genocide
Status: Extradition request sent to the Dutch authorities by Rwanda
Particulars: Sentenced on 5 November 2008 in absentia by a Rwandan Traditional Court (Gacaca) to life imprisonment for acts of genocide committed at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences of Rwanda; on 20 April 2010, an international arrest warrant was issued against him