[JURIST] A Rwandan community court convicted a Catholic nun of genocide charges Friday for assisting in the Hutumassacre of Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder]. The nun, Theopister Mukakibibi, reportedly aided Hutu extremist groups and facilitated the slaughter of several hundred Tutsis who sought refuge in a Butare hospital during the 100-day massacre. She now faces a sentence of 30 years in jail.
The gacaca courts [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] were created in 2001 to accelerate genocide trial proceedings in Rwanda [JURIST news archive] and are separate from the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive]. AP has more.