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Former Rwandan Attorney Jailed For Life For Genocide


A former Rwandan lawyer who once worked for the war crimes tribunal for the Rwanda genocide was sentenced by that court for his role in the massacre.

Simeon Nshamihigo was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison on charges of genocide, murder and crimes against humanity.

The International Criminal Court for Rwanda said he incited, ordered and helped encourage the murder of ethnic Tutsis in Cyangugu in southwest Rwanda while he was the deputy prosecutor for the region.

Nshamihigo later worked for the international court as a defense investigator under a false name. He was arrested after he was recognized by a witness.

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

The United Nations set up the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1997, to try the most high-profile genocide cases.

The court's mandate calls for it to finish all trials by the end of this year.

Rwanda's government has accused the tribunal, which operates out of Arusha, Tanzania, of employing a number of genocide suspects.

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

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