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Rwanda politicians jailed for life over genocide

ByREUTERS
December 21, 2011 13:30

DAR ES SALAAM - The UN war crimes tribunal for Rwanda on Wednesday found two former ruling party bosses guilty of genocide for their leading roles in the 1994 massacre of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus, and sentenced them to life in prison.

Mathieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera, who were president and vice-president of the ruling MRND party at the time of the genocide, had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

"The chamber unanimously condemns Ngirumpatse to life in jail," said presiding Judge Dennis Byron, before pronouncing the same sentence for Karemera.

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