War crimes: Rwanda’s ex-minister sentenced to 35 years for genocide
USAfricaonline.com: The United Nations special tribunal for Rwanda has issued a 35-year jail sentence to Augustin Ngirabatware, Rwanda’s planning minister during the 1994 genocide.
Ngirabatware was found guilty of the crime of genocide, incitement of people to commit genocide and the use of rape as a crime against humanity. The judge, William Hussein Sekule said “For these crimes the court sentences you to 35 years in prison,” directly to Ngirabatware. The war criminal, born 12 January 1957, is the son-in-law of Felicien Kabuga, who is cited as the genocidal acts chief funder. Kabuga is wanted by the tribunal
“The delivery of judgment today (December 19, 2012) in this case marks a historic occasion and important milestone in the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda….We hope that the ICTR has through the execution of its mandate made a difference: a difference in ensuring accountability for those who played a leading role in the tragedy of 1994 in Rwanda; in contributing to justice, reconciliation and respect for the rule of law in Rwanda; in demonstrating the viability and effectiveness of the process of international legal accountability for international crimes,” Jallow said” noted the chief prosecutor Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow.
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