Top court sentences ex-mayor to life for his role in Rwanda genocide


Rwanda’s High Court sentenced a former mayor to life in prison for his role in the country’s 1994 genocide. He was found guilty of personally leading a series of massacres of Tutsi civilians.

Arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2015, Ladislas Ntaganzwa was one of the top fugitive suspects accused of playing a key role in the massacre of some 800,000 mostly Tutsi but also moderate Hutus, including an attack on a church where thousands had taken shelter.

The former mayor of southern Nyakizu was also accused of orchestrating the rape of many women.

Earlier this month, investigators tracking genocide suspects had a major breakthrough when the alleged financier of the genocide, Félicien Kabuga, was arrested in France.

He is due to be tried at a tribunal in Tanzania.

Also last week, it emerged that another top suspect in the Rwandan massacre, former Defence Minister Augustin Bizimana, had actually been dead for several years. (Source: BBC)