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Monday, 6 December, 1999, 10:08 GMT
Rwanda Hutu leader convicted of genocide



The UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has sentenced a former leader of the Interahamwe militia to life imprisonment.

A spokesman for the tribunal in Tanzania said the militia's vice president, Georges Rutaganda, had been found guilty of genocide, as well as on counts of murder and crimes against humanity.

Mr Rutaganda, who is the sixth Rwandan to be convicted by the court, was accused of ordering massacres in the Rwandan capital Kigali.

The prosecution also accused him of distributing weapons for the extermination campaign.

The Interahamwe, together with soldiers of the Rwandan army, are accused of killing over half a million ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus during1994.

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