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Ex-Rwandan army officer sentenced to 25 years for genocide conviction

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday convicted [judgment, PDF] retired Rwandan army officer Lt. Col. Aloys Simba of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 25 years in prison [ICTR press release]. The charges against Simba stemmed from the 100-day massacre [BBC backgrounder] of over half a million in 1994. The Tribunal found that Simba supplied guns and grenades and commanded the military, police and civilian militias that carried out most of the killings in two southern Rwanda regions. Simba was also found not guilty of lesser charges of complicity to commit genocide and murder as a crime against humanity and will receive credit for the four years he spent in detention after his 2001 arrest. AP has more.

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