UN Tribunal sentences general convicted of genocide

(excerpt from) AP
Planner of Rwandan massacres convicted of genocide


ARUSHA, Tanzania (AP) — The main organizer behind the 1994 slaughter of more than 500,000 people in Rwanda was convicted of genocide Thursday and sentenced to life in prison, the most significant verdict of a special U.N. tribunal set up to bring the killers to justice.

Theoneste Bagosora was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, Judge Erik Moses said.

The court found that Bagosora used his position as the former director of Rwanda’s Ministry of Defense to direct Hutu soldiers to kill Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

Bagosora also was found responsible for the deaths of former Rwandan Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and 10 Belgian peacekeepers.

More than 500,000 minority Tutsis and political moderates from the Hutu majority were killed in the 100-day slaughter organized by the extremist Hutu government then in power.

2 Responses

  1. Jail is too humane for them. Break out the machetes.

  2. The true shame is length of time it took the world to respond. That mentally deranged blood-thirsty killers exist is a given: that sound-minded people allow them to murder innocents is unforgiving. The world leaders of that time should feel ashamed of themselves.

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