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Rwanda genocide planner sentenced for life

  • A former Rwandan youth minister has been sentenced for life after being found guilty of playing a key role in the 1994 genocide.

    Callixte Nzabonimana was found guilty of genocide, conspiracy, incitement and extermination by a UN tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania.

    Ethnic Hutu militia and soldiers killed around 800,000 minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in a span of just 100 days between April and June 1994.

    The judges ruled that Nzabonimana had used public appearances in central Gitarama province to encourage people to kill Tutsis.

    Fifty-nine-year-old Nzabonimana was arrested in Tanzania in February 2008.

    His lawyer has said he will appeal the ruling.