On November 16, 2009, the appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) overturned the genocide conviction and 20-year prison sentence for Protais Zigiranyirazo. The court held that the the prosecution had lacked sufficient evidence to convict him and that the trial chamber improperly stated and applied the law in convicting Zigiranyirazo, giving insufficient weight to his alibi claims. Zigiranyirazo, the brother-in-law of former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, was found guilty of genocide and extermination in part for his role at Kesho Hill in which he allegedly ordered the slaughter of approximately 1,000 Tutsi refugees.
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