Idelphonse Nizeyimana

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Idelphonse Nizeyimana
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Full Name: Idelphone Nizeyimana
Origin: Gisenyi, Rwanda
Occupation: Captain in the Rwandan Armed Forces
Goals: Exterminate all Tutsis in Rwanda (failed)
Crimes: Genocide
War crimes
Mass murder
Crimes against humanity
Type of Villain: War Criminal


Idelphonse Nizeyimana (october 5, 1963) is a Rwandan soldier who is alleged to have participated in the Rwandan Genocide.

An ethnic Hutu, Nizeyimana was born in Gisenyi prefecture in 1963, in the same commune as President Juvénal Habyarimana. In 1994, he held the rank of captain in the Rwandan Armed Forces, and was the second-in-command, after Tharcisse Muvunyi, of the École des sous-officiers (ESO). He was convicted of ordering the execution of Queen Dowager Rosalie Gicanda at the beginning of the killings in Butare.[2]

On November 27, 2000, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) issued an indictment against Nizeyimana, charging him with "genocide, or in the alternative complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, and crimes against humanity." Specifically, the indictment alleged that during the genocide, Nizeyimana had "instigated, encouraged, facilitated, or acquiesced to [...], the Interahamwe committing killings, kidnappings and the destruction of property."[3] He was described as "one of [the] highest targets" of the ICTR.[4]

According to the African Rights organisation he is a key member of the genocidical Hutu Power FDLR militia. On October 6, 2009, Nizeyimana was arrested in the Ugandan capital Kampala, apparently traveling from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Kenya on false documents.[4] The United States government had previously offered a reward of up to US$5 million for information leading to his arrest or conviction.[5] On June 19, 2012, the ICTR convicted Nizeyimana of ordering the killing of Queen Gicanda, as well as other murders, and sentenced him to life imprisonment reduced to 30 years on appeal.