Court Sentences Those Involved in Infamous Rwandan Genocide

Court Sentences Those Involved in Infamous Rwandan Genocide

Former army chief Augustin Bizimungu was sentenced to 30 years in jail.

Published May 17, 2011

On Tuesday, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found two former senior generals guilty of genocide and sentenced two other senior officials for crimes against humanity almost 17 years after 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus were killed by militias during the nation’s genocide.

 

Former army chief Augustin Bizimungu was sentenced to 30 years in jail for his role in the genocide. Former paramilitary police chief Augustin Ndindiliyimana, who was also found guilty for crimes against humanity, was ordered to be released on time already served. The court was a little easier on Ndindiliyimana since his former position and command was limited and he was against the killings, Reuters reports.

 

The Tanzania-based court sentenced two other senior military leaders to 20 years in prison. The four men were found not guilty of conspiracy to commit genocide due to the prosecution’s limited evidence, reports Reuters.

 

In 1994, Hutu militias killed 800,000 people during a 100-day period after former President Juvenal Habyarimana was assassinated. 

 

(Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS, AP)

Written by Hortense M. Barber

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