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Genocide memorial site guardian, Danielle Nyirabazungu, rests close to the skulls of the people killed during the 1994 genocide in the church of Nyamata, Rwanda. — Photo by AFP/File

ARUSHA, Tanzania: The UN tribunal for Rwanda on Thursday handed a 35-year jail term to a former minister found guilty of genocide, in the court's final trial ruling.

Augustin Ngirabatware, planning minister at the time of the 1994 genocide, was found guilty of genocide, incitement to commit genocide and rape as a crime against humanity.

“For these crimes the court sentences you to 35 years in prison,” the judge, William Hussein Sekule, told Ngirabatware.

The tribunal still has appeals pending but will wrap up its activities by the end of 2014.

Ngirabatware is the son-in-law of Felicien Kabuga, accused by the tribunal of having bankrolled the genocide, and the most notorious of the nine people indicted by the tribunal still at large.


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