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Rwandan Official Gets Life in Prison for Genocide


A United Nations tribunal has sentenced a former Rwandan town councilor to life in prison for his role in the country's 1994 genocide.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda convicted Mika Muhimana Thursday, for murder, genocide and crimes against humanity, including raping 27 mostly ethnic Tutsi women.

In one instance, witnesses said the local leader used a machete to cut a baby out of a pregnant Tutsi woman.

The court, based in Arusha, Tanzania, said it found no mitigating circumstances against Muhimana. Life in prison is the highest penalty the court can hand down.

Muhimana was arrested in Tanzania in 1999. He is the 22nd person found guilty by the tribunal.

During Rwanda's 1994 genocide, ethnic Hutu extremists murdered an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

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