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Mbarushimana sentenced to life

Emmanuel Mbarushimana appears in court on Friday. Courtesy

The Special Chamber for International Crimes of the High Court Friday sentenced Emmanuel Mbarushimana to life in prison over his role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Mbarushimana was extradited from Denmark in July 2014, after exhausting all avenues to block his extradition, including petitioning the European Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, which ruled that there were all conditions necessary for him to get fair trial in Rwanda once extradited.

The former teacher at a primary school in Dahwe in the former Butare prefecture in 1994, was charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, murder and extermination, in the former Muganza Commune, currently in Southern Province.

He is accused of instigating the establishment of two road blocks in the area where many people were killed. He is also said to have been among the leaders of the attack on Kabuye hill, where thousands of Tutsi were killed between April 21 and 25, 1994.

Mbarushimana immediately appealed against the High Court’s decision.

(c) 2017 The New Times

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