Rwandan minister sentenced to 30 years for genocide





A UN court trying masterminds of Rwanda's 1994 genocide today gave a 30-year jail sentence to a former interior minister accused of tricking thousands of people to hide on a hill before they were killed.

The Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said Callixte Kalimanzira, a close ally to the president and prime minister during the killing spree, was guilty of genocide and complicity to commit genocide.

"Yes, it is 30 years," Bocar Sy, ICTR head of public affairs and information, told Reuters by phone from Arusha in north Tanzania where the court sits.

Hutu militias butchered 800,000 minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in the 100-day massacre that shocked Africa and the world.



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