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Rwanda MP sentenced for genocide
Aloys Simba
Simba did not show any zeal or sadism, the court found
A United Nations court has sentenced a former Rwandan army officer and member of parliament to 25 years in prison for his part in the 1994 genocide.

The court found Aloys Simba guilty of supplying weapons and encouraging militiamen who killed thousands of civilians in Gikongoro prefecture.

However, the court said it was not convinced that Mr Simba had been one of the main architects of the genocide.

Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered in 100 days.

Mr Simba was arrested in Senegal in November 2001.

His sentencing by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was based on his participation in the massacres at the Murambi Technical School and in Kaduha Parish on 21 April 1994, in which thousands of Tutsi civilians were killed.

The court found he had distributed weapons at the school and in Kaduha.

It found, however, that he had not personally killed anyone and that his action had not shown any particular zeal or sadism.

The ICTR has handed down judgements involving 22 people. Another 26 are on trial and 18 are awaiting trial.

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