Ex-minister gets 35 years for genocide

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iol pic afr ngirabatware AFP Former Rwandan planning minister Augustin Ngirabatware (R) sits next to his lawyer Cecil John Maruma (L) during his first appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha on October 10, 2008.

Arusha, Tanzania -

The UN tribunal for Rwanda on Thursday handed a 35-year jail term to a former minister found guilty of genocide, in the court's final trial ruling.

Augustin Ngirabatware, planning minister at the time of the 1994 genocide, was found guilty of genocide, incitement to commit genocide and rape as a crime against humanity.

“For these crimes the court sentences you to 35 years in prison,” the judge, William Hussein Sekule, told Ngirabatware.

The tribunal still has appeals pending but will wrap up its activities by the end of 2014.

Ngirabatware is the son-in-law of Felicien Kabuga, accused by the tribunal of having bankrolled the genocide, and the most notorious of the nine people indicted by the tribunal still at large. - Sapa-AFP

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