June 27, 2019

Rwandan general gets 30 years for genocide

What you listening to Augustin? The sound of justice maybe?

Former Rwandan army chief Augustin Bizimungu has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for Rwanda also convicted ex-paramilitary police chief Augustin Ndindiliyimana but released him for time already served.

Two other senior generals were each sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In the ehtnic violence, it is estimated that 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in the 100-day genocide.

Bizimungu and Ndindiliyimana are two of the most senior figures to be sentenced by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), established in Arusha in neighbouring Tanzania to try the leaders behind the killings.

“It is a welcome decision by the ICTR. In its own circumstances, that is a big sentence, even if many people would think he [Bizimungu] deserved the highest,” Martin Ngoga, Rwanda’s chief prosecutor, told Reuters news agency.

The court ruled that Bizimungu, who was arrested in Angola in 2002, had complete control over the men he commanded in 1994.

It was found that Ndindiliyimana, had only “limited control” over his forces and was described as being opposed to the killing. He was released having spent 11 years in prison.

Both men were found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Newswarped is pleased to see some level of justice administered to these generals in their lifetime. Any violence where innocent people are murdered for no other reason than they belong to a different tribe is unacceptable.

Augustin Bizimungu is said to have called the Tutsi people “cockroaches”. Newswarped hopes that he shares his cell on a daily basis with copious numbers of cockroaches. He is only 59 so he has a lot of years to reflect on where his hatred has seen him end up.