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UN appeals court adds ten years to sentence of former Rwandan politician

[JURIST] Former Rwandan mayor Laurent Semanza saw his appeal before the appeals panel of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [JURIST news archive] dismissed Friday and his prison sentence extended from 25 to 35 years. Semanza, once mayor of Bicumbi in Rwanda's rural province of Kigali, was arrested in March 1996 in Cameroon; he was the president of pro-Hutu political party MRND and a member of the party's Central Committee during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda [BBC backgrounder]. Presiding judge Theodor Meron [ICTR profile] found all of Semanza's contentions in the appeal without merit and ordered Semanza to serve out a ten year period that he had previously been credited with as time already served. Six countries have signed agreements with the tribunal to hold convicts in their countries and it was not immediately known where Semanza would serve his sentence. Reuters has more.

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