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Former Rwanda Military Chiefs Sentenced

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    Former Rwanda Military Chiefs Sentenced

    Ex-army chief Augustin Bizimungu was today jailed for 30 years in jail

    The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda today found two former military chiefs guilty of genocide in the 1994 slaughter of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, the court said.

    The ICTR also found former army chief Augustin Bizimungu and former military police leader Augustin Ndindiliyimana guilty of crimes against humanity.

    The court in Arusha, northern Tanzania, sentenced Bizimungu to 30 years in jail.

    "It is a welcome decision by the ICTR. In its own circumstances, that is a big sentence, even if many people would think he deserved the highest," Martin Ngoga, Rwanda's chief prosecutor, told Reuters.

    Ethnic Hutu militias butchered up to 800,000 people between April and June 1994 in a genocide sparked by the death of former President Juvenal Habyarimana who was killed when his plane was shot down close to the capital Kigali on April 6th, 1994.

    The court, however, ordered the release of Ndindiliyimana, given his command over the police was limited and because he had consistently supported reconciliation before 1994 and opposed the massacres.

    Two other senior army officers were also found guilty of crimes against humanity, in part for their role in an attack that led to the death of up to eight Belgian UN peacekeepers.

    All four were found not guilty of conspiracy to commit genocide after the court found the prosecution's allegations were based entirely on circumstantial evidence.

  2. AshaDii

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    I just wish in some ways those lives could have been avoided in any way.... Or sentencing them would have brought back at least the children... The sad thing is they were not the only ones involved.. It is saddening in why man like to play God with the lives of others who are exactly the same as them - the only difference is that they are at the end of the blowing gun.

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    Hivi watu kama hawa huwa wanafungwa jela za wapi, uko uko nchini kwao au ilipo hii mahakama...!?