French court jails Rwandan ex-doctor 24 years over genocide



A former Rwandan medical doctor has been sentenced to 24 years’ imprisonment by a French court for his role in the 1994 genocide. Sosthene Munyemana was found guilty on Wednesday of genocide, crimes against humanity and conspiracy to commit such crimes by the Assize Court in Paris.

Mr Munyemana was accused of assisting in the drafting of a letter for the interim Rwandan government that oversaw the killing of members of the Tutsi ethnic group. He was also alleged to have participated in meetings organising the rounding up of Tutsi civilians in Butare prefecture, where he resided at the time.

The 68-year-old, formerly a gynaecologist, denied any wrongdoing during the six-week trial. His legal representatives have indicated they intend to appeal the verdict. The public prosecutor had sought a 30-year prison term.
Mr Munyemana moved to France in the months following the genocide. He is the sixth individual to be tried and convicted in France for involvement in the Rwandan genocide.

Separately, on Tuesday a court in Brussels found two other Rwandan nationals guilty of genocide and war crimes committed in their home country. Séraphin Twahirwa and Pierre Basabosé were determined to have carried out multiple murders and attempted murders of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Kigali between April and July 1994. Their sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday.



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