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Justice in Rwanda: Ex-Capital Chief Gets Life for Genocide

The former prefect of Rwandan capital Kigali was Tuesday sentenced to life for genocide-related crimes by the UN-backed war crimes court trying masterminds of the country's 1994 massacre.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) found Tharcisse Renzaho, who was the Kigali's administrative chief, guilty of genocide, assassination and rape over the murder of more than 100 Tutsis by Hutu militia in a church in the capital.

"Renzaho played an important part in connection with the commencement and cessation of the operation," said chief judge Erik Mose, referring to the church massacre.

"Over 100 Tutsi refugees were killed. He was also involved in the removal of bodies, he said, adding that the accused "made remarks encouraging the sexual abuse of (Tutsi) women".

"The chamber sentences Tharcisse Renzaho to a single sentence of life imprisonment," Mose said.

The UN estimates that Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 people, mainly minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus, during the 100-day genocide.

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