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Former Rwandan Official Sentenced to 25 Years for Genocide


A United Nations war crimes court has sentenced a former Rwandan administrator to 25 years in prison for his role in the country's 1994 genocide.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Tanzania, found Dominique Ntawukulilyayo guilty of genocide.

Court prosecutors say Ntawukulilyayo, who was deputy administrator of Rwanda's southern Gisagara district, transported soldiers to an area where thousands of Tutsis had taken refuge, leaving the soldiers to carry out a mass slaughter.

Ntawukulilyayo was arrested in France in 2007 and later transferred to the U.N. detention facility in Arusha to face charges.

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

The U.N. tribunal was set up to prosecute those who organized the killings. The court has convicted about 40 people so far, while about 30 suspects are either being tried or awaiting trial.

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

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