15 Jul 2009

Rwandan governor sentenced to life over genocide

9:42 pm on 15 July 2009

A United Nations court has sentenced the former governor of the Rwandan capital, Kigali, to life in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which is based in Arusha in Tanzania, convicted Tharcisse Renzaho on five counts including ordering the killing of 60 Tutsi boys in a church-run pastoral centre.

"He has been imprisoned for life. He has been found guilty on five counts, that is of genocide, two counts of murder as crimes against humanity, two counts of rape as crimes against humanity, " the court's associate information officer, Danford Mpumilwa, says.

Prosecutors say Renhazo played a central role in the mass killings.

Some 800,000 minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists during the genocide.

Renzaho was in control of the capital's police force and local officials at the time and was accused of inciting the violence.

Prosecutors say he ordered the setting up of road blocks where Tutsis were targeted and distributed arms used during the killings.