Augustin Bizimana, a former top government official in the Republic of Rwanda, is wanted
for taking part in the Rwandan Genocide in the early 1990s.
In his capacity as Minister of Defence, Mr. Bizimana is charged with conspiring to commit genocide and eliminate leaders of the political opposition. During approximately 100 days of violence, he helped train and distribute weapons to militiamen and prepared lists of people to be killed.
He personally directed the execution by members of his bodyguard of 2 civilians arrested at a roadblock. For these and other crimes the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the ITCR, indicted Mr. Bizimana on charges of genocide and war crimes and issued a warrant for his arrest.
The United States is cooperating with other governments, the United Nations and ICTR to make it harder for Mr. Bizimana and the others to continue to elude justice. Toward that end, the U.S. has renewed an offer of a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his arrest.
Mr. Bizimana fled Rwanda in 1994 and is believed to be living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In recent years he is also suspected of having traveled to Angola, Guinea, Kenya and the Republic of Congo. If you or anyone you know has information on his activities and whereabouts, it can be provided with complete confidentiality.
The U.S. guarantees that all reports will be investigated and the identity of all informants will be kept confidential. If appropriate, the U.S. is prepared to protect informants by relocating them.