Life sentence for former Rwandan colonel convicted of genocide
Brother-in-law of former president also given 20 years
Last Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2008 | 5:43 AM ET
A former Rwandan army colonel has been sentenced to life in prison by a United Nations court for his role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Judge Erik Moses said Theoneste Bagosora was "guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and war crimes."
Bagosora, 67, was in charge of troops and Interahamwe Hutu militia who butchered minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus in the central African nation. The court said Bagosora distributed weapons and directed the soldiers and militia.
The massacres took place in 1994 after Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane was mysteriously shot down over Kigali as he returned home from peace talks with Tutsi-led rebels.