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Guilty Verdict in Uganda for Tourists' Killer


A court in Uganda has convicted a former Rwandan rebel of kidnapping and murdering eight foreign tourists in 1999.

The tourists were on a gorilla-watching trip in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest when a group of ex-Rwandan soldiers led by Jean-Paul Bizimana kidnapped at least 14 members of the group.

Eight of the visitors, two Americans, four Britons and two New Zealanders, were hacked to death with machetes and axes, and a ninth victim, a Ugandan guide, was burned to death.

A judge found Bizimana guilty of capital murder at a court proceeding Monday in Kampala, the Ugandan capital. He faces a possible death sentence at a separate hearing expected later this week.

Other tourists seized during the 1999 attack were released by the Rwandan rebels, along with a note demanding an end to U.S. and British support for the Kigali government's efforts to rebuild Rwanda following its 1994 genocide. The rebels were members of the Rwandan army that played a key role in the slaughter.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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