Rwanda mayors jailed over geno­cide

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AFrench court has sen­tenced two for­mer Rwan­dan mayors to life in prison for their part in the 1994 geno­cide.

Tito Barahira, 65, and Oc­tavien Ngenzi, 58, were found guilty of crimes against hu­man­ity and geno­cide.

They were ac­cused of play­ing lead­ing roles in the mas­sacre of 2,000 eth­nic Tut­sis who sought refuge in a church in the town of Kabarondo.

About 800,000 peo­ple, mostly Tut­sis, died at the hands of Hutu ex­trem­ists dur­ing the Rwan­dan geno­cide.

It is the sec­ond case of its kind to be brought in France, af­ter Rwan­dan army cap­tain Pas­cal Sim­bikangwa was jailed for 25 years over the mass killings.

At­tacks on Tut­sis in Kabarondo be­gan soon af­ter Rwan­dan Pres­i­dent Ju­ve­nal Hab­ya­ri­mana was killed in a rocket at­tack on his plane, the trig­ger for the vi­o­lence.

Both men had de­nied any in­volve­ment in the killings. The pair were ar­rested sep­a­rately on French ter­ri­tory a few years ago and have been in cus­tody ever since.

Photo: AFP

Pak­istani vis­i­tors ride camels along Clifton Beach as cel­e­bra­tions to mark the Eid-el-Fitr hol­i­day yes­ter­day.

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