France sentences two men to life in prison for 1994 genocide in Rwanda | Reuters

PARIS France on Wednesday sentenced two former Rwandan mayors to life in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity committed in the African country in 1994.

Tito Barahira, 65, and Octavien Ngenzi, 58, were tried over attacks against ethnic Tutsis in the town of Kabarondo, where they both have been mayor. They denied any wrongdoing.

Ethnic Hutu extremists killed more than 800,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in a three-month rampage in 1994 while the world largely stood by.

A number of Rwandan genocide-related crimes have been tried in recent years in Rwanda and other countries. This was the second such trial in France, which can rule on such cases since parliament adopted a law that gives it universal jurisdiction over cases of crimes against humanity.

In May, a Swedish court sentenced a 61-year-old man to life in prison for the same 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

France was an ally of the Rwandan government that ruled before the genocide.

(Reporting by Chine Labbe; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Larry King)

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Updated Date: Jul 07, 2016 00:01:48 IST

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