Wednesday 16 April 2014

Norway jails Rwandan for genocide

Rwandan refugee children plead with Zairean soldiers to allow them across a bridge separating Rwanda and Zaire during the 1994 genocide (AP, file)

A Norwegian court has convicted a Rwandan for participating in the 1994 genocide in his home country and sentenced him to 21 years in prison.

The Oslo District Court found Sadi Bugingo guilty of complicity in the premeditated killings of at least 2,000 people belonging mainly to the Tutsi ethnic group.

It singled out three prolonged attacks during April 1994 in his home town of Kibungo, eastern Rwanda.

Bugingo denied all the charges and said he would appeal.

The 47-year-old former businessman arrived in Norway in 2001 to join his family and was given a residence permit. He was arrested in 2011.

More than 500,000 people were killed in the 1994 genocide that was carried out by Hutu extremists against the Tutsi minority and Hutu moderates.

Press Association

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