December 18, 2008 / 9:47 AM / 10 years ago

U.N. court convicts Bagosora for Rwanda genocide

Theoneste Bagosora, a cabinet minister in the former Rwandan government, is brought to court in Tanzania in a 1997 file photo. REUTERS/File

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A U.N. court convicted former army colonel Theoneste Bagosora Thursday of genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and sentenced him to jail for life.

“Colonel Bagosora is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and war crimes,” the court said.

The Arusha-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) had accused Bagosora, 67, of being in charge of the troops and Interahamwe Hutu militia who butchered some 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

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