Théoneste Bagosora

Théoneste Bagosora
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Born (1941-08-16) 16 August 1941 (age 77)
Known forOrganizer of the Rwandan genocide
Criminal statusIncarcerated
Conviction(s)Genocide
Crimes against humanity
War crimes
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment
Military career
Allegiance Rwanda
Service/branchRwandan Armed Forces (FAR)
Years of service1964–1994
RankFAR chief of staff
Battles/warsRwandan Civil War

Colonel Théoneste Bagosora (born 16 August 1941) is a former Rwandan military officer. He is chiefly known for his key role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, for which he has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). In 2011, the sentence was reduced to 35 years' imprisonment on appeal. He will be imprisoned until age 89.[1]

History and career

Bagosora was born in Giciye in what is now Nyabihu District, Western Province, Rwanda. In 1964 he graduated from the École des officiers (Officers' School) in Kigali with the rank of second lieutenant, and continued his studies in France. During his military career, he served as second-in-command of the École supérieure militaire (Superior Military School) in Kigali and as commander of Kanombe military camp.

He was appointed to the position of directeur du cabinet (chief of staff) in the Ministry of Defence in June 1992. Despite officially retiring from the military on 23 September 1993, he retained this post until fleeing the country in July 1994.