Philippe Hategekimana

18.04.2018 ( Last modified: 08.05.2018 )
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Facts

Philippe Hategekimana, alias Biguma, is a former police officer from the Nyanza commune near Butare in southern Rwanda.

He is suspected of having participated in the genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. He was allegedly involved in the organisation and commission of multiple atrocities in Nyanza and the surrounding villages in April 1994. He is suspected of the following crimes: the assassination of a Tutsi mayor, the massacre of Colline de Nyamure, where thousands of people died, and the massacre of Colline de Nyamugari, where nearly 300 Tutsis were killed. In addition, Hategekimana is alleged to have organised roadblocks, where he is said to have called for the killing of Tutsi.

After the genocide, Hategekimana fled to France and settled in Mordelles near the western city of Rennes. He obtained French citizenship and changed his name to Philippe Manier.

Shortly before his arrest in March 2018, he left France to go to Cameroon.

Legal Procedure

In June 2015, the Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda (CPCR) filed a complaint against Hategekimana. The CPCR alleged Hategekimana’s involvement in a number of atrocities during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. In September 2015, an investigation against Hategekimana was opened in the High Court of Paris.

The investigating judge from the French specialized unit for the prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture within the Paris High Court, issued an international arrest warrant.

Hategekimana was arrested in Yaoundé, Cameroon on 30 March 2018. France has requested his extradition for the purpose of trying him before a French court.

Hategekimana has denied all accusations.

Fact Sheet
Name: Philippe Hategekimana
Nationality: Rwandan- French
Context: Rwanda
Charges: Murder, genocide
Status: Complaint filed before the High Court of Paris; arrested in Cameroun
Particulars: Complaint filed against Hategekimana before the High Court of Paris on the basis of universal jurisdiction in June 2015; An international arrest warrant was issued by a French investigating judge; Hategekimana was arrested on 30 March 2018 in Cameroon