Convicted Soldier in Rwanda’s Genocide Passes Away in Niger

Tharcisse Muvunyi, a former lieutenant colonel who had been convicted of inciting genocide in Rwanda in 1994, has passed away in Niger. His lawyer stated that Muvunyi sought medical assistance in the UK, but his appeal went unanswered. Muvunyi was part of the Rwandan army during the 100-day period when extremist Hutu majority groups killed over 800,000 minority Tutsis and Hutu moderates. He was arrested in the UK, sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2010, and subsequently released after serving his time. Muvunyi had been living in a safe house in Tanzania since his release in 2012 and moved to Niger in 2021, residing with seven others who were also tried for their involvement in the genocide. Muvunyi had been unwell for several weeks, and despite a request for his medical evacuation to the UK filed with the United Nations, there was no response.

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