25 Jun 2011

Court finds Rwandan woman guilty of genocide

1:53 pm on 25 June 2011

Judges at the United Nations court for Rwanda have sentenced a former Rwandan government minister to life in prison for genocide and incitement to rape.

Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, 65, is the first woman to have been found guilty of genocide before an international court, the BBC reports.

She was found guilty, along with her son and four other former officials, after a 10-year trial.

An estimated 800,000 people, mostly from the Tutsi ethnic group, were killed in the Rwandan genocide.

The former family affairs and women's development minister was accused of ordering and assisting in the massacres in her home district in southern Rwanda.

The prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda also accused her of taking part in the government decision to create militias throughout the country whose mission was to wipe out the Tutsi population as fast as possible.