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Rwanda mastermind gets life

2008-12-19 08:54:07 GMT2008-12-19 16:54:07 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Theoneste Bagosora, the man accused of masterminding Rwanda's genocide, is sentenced to life in prison.

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The 67 year old army colonel was in charge of troops that killed 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 100 days during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Bagosora faced 11 charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. After the 1994 genocide, Bagosora fled to Cameroon. He was arrested in 1996, and faced trial a year later.

The UN court alsO sentenced Protais Zigiranyirazo to years in prison for his role in the genocide.

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Theoneste Bagosora, the man accused of masterminding the butchering of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus has been sentenced by a UN court.

It's taken over a decade for the United Nations to reach their verdict, now the 67 year old will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Bagosora was a Rwandan army colonel in 1994 when around 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus were killed in under four months.

Protais Zigiranyirazo, known as Monsieur Z was also sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for his role in the slaughter.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) JUDGE ANNOUNCING SENTENCE, SAYING:

''To 20 years imprisonment in relation to the conviction for genocide for your activities in relation to the Kiyovo roadblock and 15 years imprisonment in relation to the conviction for extermination at Kesho Hill. These sentences will be served concurrently and you are entitled to credit for the time already spent in detention since your arrest in Belgium on July 26, 2001."

Monsieur Z was allegedly a member of the Zero Network of death squads, responsible for killing hundreds of Tutsis and opposition leaders in the years leading to to the genocide.

Since the United Nations court began its work in 1997, it has delivered more than 30 verdicts.

It has another two years to wind up its activities and hear appeals.

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