In February this year, judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found a former local councilor guilty of genocide, rape and murder.
Judges ruled that Mikaeli Muhimana – also known as ‘Mika’ – ex-Councilor of Gishyita Sector in Kibuye, western Rwanda, had personally raped at least seven women and encouraged the gang rape of more than five others. Most of the women were subsequently killed.
Judges stated that by targeting Tutsi women for rape and murder and by organizing and participating in massacres, Muhimana clearly intended to exterminate the Tutsi community.
Therefore, he is guilty of genocide.
The names of his victims were read out in court as a public gesture to acknowledge their suffering.