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Vincent Bajinya

Wanted by Rwandan judiciary; arrested on 28 December 2006; decision to extradite issued by the Magistrate's court on 06 June 2008; decision quashed by the UK High Court on 8 April 2009; Arrested on 30 May 2013.
Medical doctor

Vincent Bajinya was born in 1952. He is a medical doctor by education. His past is largely unknown.

Bajinya was accused of having been the coordinator of the Hutu militias in the capital of Kigali where he was considered to be a respected doctor. Several witnesses alleged that he organised weekly meetings in his bungalow in the weeks preceding the start of the 1994-massacres in Rwanda. According to these witnesses, the meetings were held with the aim of organising the killings.

As set out in the extradition request from the Rwandan government, Bajinya was accused of murder, and of planning and incitement to commit murder of “members of the Tutsi community with intent to commit genocide”. Bajinya was accused firstly of having organised roadblocks in Rugenge which were used to stop the Tutsi from escaping and to kill them. Secondly, Bajinya was accused of having supervised the local Interahamwe (extremist Hutu militia). According to a BBC report, he also supervised the killings which occurred in the Nyarugenge area of Kigali. He was also reported to have ordered the murder of 15 of his neighbours and to have supervised the roadblocks where the victims were stopped and killed. Further, he allegedly coordinated the supply of machetes to the militias in Kigali itself, thereby playing a large part in the killing of thousands of Tutsi.

Following the genocide, Vincent Bajinya claimed asylum in the United Kingdom where he worked for several years as a doctor for Praxis, a mutual help organisation for refugees based in London. Some years after his arrival, he changed his name to Vincent Brown. Following public allegations about his role in the Rwandan genocide, he was suspended from his job.

Vincent Bajinya was arrested by the British police on 28 December 2006, as a result of an extradition request from the Rwandan government issued officially in November 2006.

Trial Watch would like to remind its users that any person charged by national or international authorities is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Fact sheet

Rwanda 1952 Vincent Brown London (UK) 01.01.1994  - 12.12.1994 0



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