FORMER KIGALI GOVERNOR JAILED FOR LIFE


A U.N. court trying the architects of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide jailed a former Kigali governor for life on five counts including ordering the killing of 60 Tutsi boys in a church-run pastoral centre. The Arusha-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) had indicted Tharcisse Renzaho of genocide, complicity in genocide, murder and rape in the massacres in which 800,000 minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed.THARCCISE RENZAHO

The court found him guilty of all except complicity in genocide. “He has been imprisoned for life. He has been found guilty on five counts, that is of genocide, two counts of murder as crimes against humanity, two counts of rape as crimes against humanity, ” Danford Mpumilwa, associate information officer, said from the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, the court’s seat.

Prosecutors said he was one of the massacre’s main perpetrators. His name figured among nine major suspects for which the U.S. government had put out a $5 million bounty.

The 65-year-old was also accused of broadcasting orders over Radio Rwanda asking police, soldiers and militia to construct and supervise roadblocks to intercept, identify and kill Tutsis.

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