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UN Tribunal Rules Rwandan Genocide Sentence Too Lenient


A U.N. appeals court has ruled the 30-year sentence of a former Rwandan mayor for his part in the country's genocide is too lenient and has ordered him jailed for life.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda says Sylvestre Gacumbitsi, former mayor of Rusumo, played a central role in the country's 1994 genocide by planning and encouraging murder, rape and extermination.

In a separate ruling, the appeals panel reduced by 15 years the sentence for former Lieutenant Samuel Imanishimwe. It dismissed his earlier conviction of genocide but upheld convictions for murder, imprisonment, torture and extermination.

More than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in the central African country in 100 days in 1994.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Arusha, Tanzania, was formed to try cases against the suspected leaders of the genocide.

Twenty-eight people have been tried since the court was established in 1994.

President Paul Kagame has criticized the court, saying it is not trying enough cases, is employing people allegedly implicated in the genocide, and is spending too much money.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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