The Referral Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on 25 June 2012 transferred to the authorities of the Republic of Rwanda the case of Aloys Ndimbati, who was the bourgmestre of Gisovu commune from 1990 until the end of July 1994. Ndimbati is believed to have been born in the early 1950s in Gitabura secteur, Gisovu commune, Kibuye préfecture in the Republic of Rwanda and currently remains at large.
Ndimbati has been charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, as well as with murder, extermination, rape and persecution as crimes against humanity. It is alleged that Ndimbati, along with others, was involved in the planning and execution of the systematic attacks directed against the Tutsi civilian population in Gisovu commune during the Rwandan genocide.
This is the seventh case to be transferred to Rwanda by the ICTR following those of Jean Uwinkindi and Bernard Munyagishari whose transfer decisions were issued on 28 June 2011 and 6 June 2012, respectively, and of fugitives Fulgence Kayishema, Charles Sikuwabo, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, and Ryandikayo, whose cases were referred to the Republic of Rwanda for trial on 22 February 2012, 26 March 2012, 8 May 2012, and 20 June 2012, respectively.
In its ruling, the Referral Chamber, composed of Judges Vagn Joensen, Presiding, Florence Rita Arrey, and Gberdao Gustave Kam, ordered that the case of Ndimbati be referred to the authorities of Rwanda, who will then refer the same to the High Court of Rwanda.
The Prosecution was further ordered to hand over to the Prosecutor General of Rwanda, as soon as possible and no later than thirty days after the Decision has become final, the material supporting the Indictment against the fugitive accused and all other appropriate evidentiary material in the possession of the Prosecution.
In rendering this judgment, the Referral Chamber expressed its solemn hope that the Republic of Rwanda, in accepting referrals from this Tribunal, will put into practice the commitments it has made about its good faith, capacity, and willingness to enforce the highest standards of international justice.