Froduald Karamira (14 August 1947 – 24 April 1998) was a Rwandan politician who was found guilty of crimes in organizing the implementation of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. He was sentenced to death by a Rwandan court and was one of the last 24 individuals executed by Rwanda.
On 14 February 1997, Karamira was convicted on all counts and sentenced to death by firing squad. He appealed to the Kigali Appeals Court, but the appeal was rejected and his sentence confirmed on 12 September 1997. On 24 April 1998, in a public event at the Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali, Karamira was executed by firing squad along with 21 other people convicted of involvement in the Rwandan genocide. The same day, at least two other individuals were also executed at other locations in Rwanda.
From 8 April 1994, he participated in the formation of the interim government. He went on the air daily with Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) to incite massacres of the Tutsis.
His trial began on January 13, 1997 in Kigali. In addition to his daily speeches that incited genocide, it was claimed that he was instrumental in creating and arming the Interahamwe militias; He was also accused of being personally responsible for the murder of hundreds of Tutsis, including 13 members of his own family.He was also said to have played a key role in the creation of the Interahamwe militia and in providing them with arms
On February 14, 1997, Karamira was convicted of all charges and sentenced to death by firing squad. He appealed to the Kigali Court of Appeals, but the appeal was rejected and his sentence confirmed on September 12, 1997. On April 24, 1998, at a public event at the Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali, Karamira was publicly executed by a platoon. firing squad along with 21 others convicted of their involvement in the Rwandan genocide. On the same day, at least two other people were also executed elsewhere in Rwanda.
Rwanda abolished the death penalty in 2007. The 24 people executed in 1998, including Karamira, were the last to have been executed in Rwanda