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Rwandan Priest Convicted on Genocide Charges


A Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

The United Nations war crimes court for Rwanda Wednesday convicted Athanase Seromba on charges of genocide and extermination.

Prosecutors accused of Seromba of helping to orchestrate the slaughter of 2,000 Tutsis who sought shelter at his parish church.

Witnesses say the priest ordered militias to demolish the crowded church with bulldozers, and to kill anyone who survived the church's collapse.

The priest had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The U.N. court has convicted a total of 27 people for their roles in the 1994 genocide.

Hutu extremists killed an estimated 800,000 minority Tutsis and Hutu moderates during the 100-day killing spree.

At least two other Catholic priests are facing charges at the war crimes court in Arusha, Tanzania.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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