Rwandan minister sentenced to life for key role in genocide
Source: The Guardian
A former Rwandan youth minister has been sentenced to life behind bars after being found guilty of playing a key role in the country's 1994 genocide.
The international criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in Arusha in Tanzania, convicted Callixte Nzabonimana of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity.
"The trial chamber found that … Nzabonimana instigated the killing of Tutsis," the ICTR said. "It also found Nzabonimana guilty of entering into two separate agreements to kill Tutsis."
The former politician, 59, was arrested in Tanzania in February 2008 after the US offered a $5m (£3.26m) reward for his capture. His conviction turned on his participation, along with other members of the government, in a meeting on 18 April 1994 in the town of Murambi, central Gitarama province.