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Rwandan court sentences ex-president Bizimungu to 15 years in jail

Rwandan former leader Pasteur Bizimungu, a Hutu whose 1994-2000 presidency was meant to symbolise post-genocide ethnic reconciliation, was sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Kigali court on charges that covered inciting racial animosity. “I sentence Pasteur Bizimungu to five years for diverting public funds, five years for rumours inciting civil disobedience and five years for criminal association,” declared presiding judge Fred Mulindwa, explaining that the jail terms would be served consecutively. “My client might appeal, but we haven’t decided yet,” said Bizimungu’s lawyer, Jean-Bosco Kazungu. Prosecutors had sought a life jail term against Bizimungu for the state security charge. Full Story

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