Reuters reported this morning that the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has acquitted former Rwandan education minister Andre Rwamakuba on charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination and murder. The court voted unanimously after hearing insufficient evidence of Rwamakuba’s guilt.
Rwamakuba was a former doctor at the Butare University Hospital and was accused of using an axe to kill Tutsis. He took a position as an interim spokesman when President Habyarimana’s plane was shot down in 1994.
Since the ICTR began trials in 1997, twenty-six people have been found guilty and five have been acquitted. It has indicted some 80 people for genocide and related crimes.