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Former Rwandan Military Commander Convicted of Genocide; Mayor Innocent


A former Rwandan military commander has been found guilty of taking part in the country's 1994 genocide, and has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

A United Nations tribunal Tuesday convicted Tharcisse Muvunyi of four counts of genocide and crimes against humanity.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said Muvunyi did nothing to stop his troops from killing hundreds of ethnic Tutsis in Butare province in April 1994. It said he also gave a speech inciting hatred against Tutsis.

Muvunyi's lawyer, Taylor Williams, said he will file an appeal.

Earlier Tuesday, the court acquitted another Rwandan war crimes suspect, Jean Mpambara. Judges said prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mpambara, the former mayor of Rukara, was involved in the massacres.

Rwandan Hutu extremists killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus during the 1994 genocide.

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