The Prosecutor v. Callixte Mbarushimana

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Callixte Mbarushimana

Callixte Mbarushimana

Alleged Executive Secretary of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda - Forces Combattantes Abacunguzi (FDLR-FCA, FDLR)

Prosecution application for a warrant of arrest: 20 August 2010

Warrant of arrest issued by Pre-Trial Chamber I:
Issued under seal on: 28 September 2010
Unsealed on: 11 October 2010

Arrested by the French authorities: 11 October 2010

Transfer to The Hague: 25 January 2011

Initial appearance: 28 January 2011

Confirmation of charges hearing: 16 - 21 September 2011

Decision declining to confirm the charges : 16 December 2011

Released from the ICC custody: 23 December 2011


Mr Mbarushimana is allegedly criminally responsible for:

  • Five counts of crimes against humanity: murder, torture, rape, inhumane acts and persecution; 
  • Eight counts of war crimes: attacks against the civilian population, murder, mutilation, torture, rape, inhuman treatment, destruction of property and pillaging.

On 16 December 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber I decided by Majority to decline to confirm the charges against Mr Mbarushimana. Mr Mbarushimana was released from the ICC's custody on 23 December 2011, upon the completion of the necessary arrangements, as ordered by Pre-Trial Chamber I.