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The BBC's Imogen Foulkes
Niyonteze will be barred from entering Switzerland
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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 17:49 GMT 18:49 UK
Swiss jail for Rwandan genocide mayor
Remains of genocide victims
Hundreds of thousands were murdered in 1994
A military tribunal in Switzerland has jailed a former Rwandan mayor for 14 years in connection with the genocide of 1994.

Fulgence Niyonteze, who sought asylum in Switzerland after the genocide, appealed against a life sentence handed last year for murder and incitement to murder.

The appeal was upheld by the court on a technicality, but the court ruled he was guilty of violating the Geneva convention on human rights. He will be expelled from Switzerland after serving sentence.

Mr Niyonteze, was the mayor of Mushubati, in the province of Gitarama, 50km south-west of the capital, Kigali.

He was accused of inciting Hutu extremists to kill Tutsis and moderate Hutus and of supplying them with weapons.

His lawyers immediately announced they would take Friday's decision to a further appeals court

About 800,000 minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were massacred in the Hutu government-orchestrated genocide, which ended when Tutsi-led rebels won power in July 1994

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