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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006, 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK
Mayor jailed over Rwanda genocide
Rwanda genocide memorial
Some 800,000 people were killed during the 1994 genocide
A Rwandan ex-mayor has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for aiding and abetting killing in the 1994 genocide.

Paul Bisengimina, who was mayor of Gikoro in 1994, was sentenced at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the Tanzanian town of Arusha.

He was convicted on two charges to which he pleaded guilty in terms of a plea bargaining agreement.

An estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during the 100-day genocide.

Mr Bisengimina was involved in the slaughter of about 1,000 Tutsis who had sought refuge in a church.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of murder and extermination, in return for the prosecution dropping eight other counts, including genocide, complicity in genocide and rape.

Correspondents say the Arusha tribunal has set very high standards of justice, but tried very few cases.

Since the court started in 1997, the ICTR has convicted 23 suspects and acquitted three.

But correspondents note that pressure has grown on the tribunal to find other countries to hear its cases, as the genocide involved huge numbers of people.

The court is due to be disbanded in 2008.

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