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UN Court Reduces Jail Terms for Three in Rwanda Genocide Case

A U.N. tribunal has commuted the jail terms of three Rwandan journalists convicted of inciting the country's 1994 genocide.

In a statement Wednesday the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda announced it had reduced the life sentence for Ferdinand Nahimana to 30 years and the life sentence for Hassan Ngeze to 35 years.

The tribunal also cut three years off a 35-year prison sentence for Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza.

The court said some of the convictions against the journalists had been canceled, though it did not elaborate.

Nahimana and Barayagwiza are the founding members of a prominent broadcast station, Radio Television Libres des Mille Collines, while Ngeze owned the Kangura a Hutu newspaper.

The international court is located in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha. The court was established to try those principally responsible for the deaths of about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus during the 1994 Rwandan killing spree.

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