Rwandan EX Mayor gets a genocide conviction


A German court has convicted a Rwandan national to lifelong imprisonment on genocide-related charges. Onesphore Rwabukombe got a life sentence for role in 1994 killings in Rwanda.

The court determined that the accused had taken part in a massacre of hundreds of Tutsi in 1994. O-ne-sphore Rwabu-kombe had already been convicted of genocide charges in February 2014, resulting in a 14-year prison sentence. But the Federal Court of Justice, Germany’s highest appellate court, rejected the original verdict, saying it had shown too much clemency in the face of the gravity of the charges against him.

Rwabu-kombe stood accused of partaking in a massacre against Rwanda’s Tutsi minority, which started on April 11, 1994. More than 400 Tutsi refugees were murdered at a church in Kiziguro, where Rwabu-kombe was mayor at the time.