Ex-Rwanda official gets 25 years for genocide

3rd August 2010, Comments 0 comments

A former Rwandan administrator was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison by a UN warcrimes court for his role in the country's 1994 genocide after being arrested in France.

Dominique Ntawukulilyayo, 68, was the deputy administrator of Rwanda's southern Gisagara district during the genocide and was convicted of organising the killings of Tutsis there.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) prosecutors accused him of transporting soldiers to where Tutsis had taken refuge and left the area after ordering the troops to open fire, killing and wounding thousands.

One of the judges raised objections although the verdict was arrived at by a majority.

"This ruling which was not reached unanimously opens the possibility that Dominique Ntawukulilyayo has high chances of getting an acquittal on appeal," his lawyer Maroufa Diabira said.

Ntawukulilyayo was arrested in December 2007 in the southern French city of Carcassonne.

The ICTR, based in Tanzania's northern town of Arusha is tasked with trying the main perpetrators of the 1994 massacre which left some 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis, dead in a space of three months.

© 2010 AFP

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