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UN Court Sentences Former Rwandan Camp Commander to Life in Genocide Trial

A United Nations court trying suspects in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide sentenced a former Rwandan army lieutenant to life imprisonment after he was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Idelphonse Hategekimana was acquitted on one count of complicity in genocide, the Arusha, Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said in an emailed statement today.

Hategekimana, the former commander of the Ngoma military camp, was found guilty of murdering Tutsis at several locations, including a church, and on charges of raping a woman, according to the statement.

He was transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha on Feb. 19, 2003, following his arrest in the Republic of Congo three days earlier, the statement said.

About 800,000 people, more than 10 percent of Rwanda’s population, died in the 100-day slaughter of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus by Hutu militias and government officials in the genocide. The massacre followed the assassination of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose plane was shot down as it prepared to land in the capital, Kigali, on April 6, 1994.

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