23 Jun 2009

Prison sentence imposed for role in genocide

6:48 am on 23 June 2009

A former interior minister of Rwanda has been jailed for genocide, for his part in the 100-day slaughter in 1994 in which 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

The International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda has imposed a prison sentence of 30 years on Callixte Kalimanzira, 54.

The BBC reports he was accused of luring thousands of Tutsi civilians to take refuge at Kabuye Hill in Ndora commune.

When they arrived, hoping to find food and shelter, militias murdered them.

More than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in the 100-day genocide.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda is due to complete its work by the end of this year, but has asked for more time.