Prison term for Rwandan ex-president

A Rwandan court has sentenced former President Pasteur Bizimungu to 15 years imprisonment for charges that included creating a militia and inciting violence in the central African country.

    Bizimungu became president in 1994 just after the genocide

    Bizimungu, whose trial began on 1 April, was convicted on Monday of attempting to form a militia group, inciting violence and embezzlement, receiving a consecutive five-year jail sentence for each. He had denied all charges.

       

    An ethnic Hutu, Bizimungu became president when the ruling Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) took power in 1994 after the genocide in which extremists from the Hutu majority butchered 800,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus.

       

    Paul Kagame, whose Tutsi-led RPF ended the 100 days of slaughter, was vice-president.

       

    The double-act of Bizimungu, a French-speaking Hutu, and Kagame, an English-speaking Tutsi, was intended to symbolise post-genocide reconciliation.

       

    However, their relationship soured, and in March 2000, Bizimungu resigned after falling out with top RPF members.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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