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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rwanda genocide tribunal convicted ex-military chief Bizimungu
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On May 17, 2011, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted former Rwandan army chief Augustin Bizimungu and three others involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Bizimungu was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of six counts of genocide and crimes against humanity for murder, extermination and rape in addition to violations of Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. During the genocide, Bizimungu ordered soldiers and policemen to exterminate tens of thousands of Tutsi civilians who had taken refuge in churches, hospitals, and schools.

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