Woman minister guilty of genocide in Rwanda
Dar es Salaam: The UN war crimes tribunal for Rwanda on Friday sentenced former families minister Pauline Nyiramasuhuko to life in prison for genocide and incitement to rape, the court said on Friday.
A spokesman for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said Nyiramasuhuko and her son, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali were convicted of atrocities committed in Rwanda`s southern Butare region during the 1994 massacre.
"She has been convicted for genocide and crimes against humanity, including extermination, rape and persecution," ICTR spokesman Danford Mpumilwa said.
Nyiramasuhuko, 65, the first woman to be convicted of genocide by the court, and her son faced a total of 11 charges. The trial lasted 10 years.
"It`s shocking that this mother and former social worker, trained to protect life, could instead have been responsible for such appalling crimes," said Freddy Mutanguha, Rwandan country director for the Aegis Trust, the genocide prevention organisation responsible for the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
The tribunal was set up in November 1994 to bring to justice leaders of the genocide in which some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were butchered to death in less than one hundred days.
The tribunal, based in Arusha, northern Tanzania, allowed the rape charge to be added on grounds that the accused knew her subordinates were raping Tutsi women and failed to take measures to prevent or punish them.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Prashant Bhushan questions Arvind Kejriwal on Lokpal through press conference
- PM Modi addresses the nation during Maan Ki baat
- Delhi police arrests BSF personnel, ISI operative for espionage
- Exclusive: Prakash Javadekar's views on issue of climate change before UN summit
- Kerala's Sunni religious leader calls gender equality ‘un-Islamic’
- Women fit only to deliver children, gender equality un-islamic: Kerala Muslim leader
- Russia strikes down Goa, India from its safe travel destinations list
- Intolerance issue: Aamir Khan's remarks 'innocent', says Rajkumar Hirani
- Arvind Kejriwal backs Tarun Gogoi's claim over Guv favouring BJP, suspects 'coop federalism'
- PM Modi leaves for Paris to take part in Climate Conference