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Thursday, 27 January, 2000, 13:23 GMT
Rwanda Tribunal passes life sentence

A former manager of a tea factory in Rwanda has been sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide and crimes against humanity.

The International Tribunal investigating the 1994 genocide of Rwanda's Tutsi minority heard that the man, Alfred Musema, used vehicles from his factory to transport Hutu extremists to the area where many Tutsis were killed.

Some of the victims were his own employees.

The court heard how having raped a Tutsi woman, Mr Musema encouraged four of his workers to do the same. One witness said he'd disembowelled a pregnant Tutsi woman. This is the first time the Rwanda tribunal has convicted a private citizen.

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