Leopold Munyakazi gets life in jail for 1994 genocide

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On 17 July 2017 saa 08:00
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Leopold Munyakazi, a Rwandan genocide perpetrator has been sentenced to life in jail after being convicted of Genocide against Tutsi in 1994.

Munyakazi was convicted Friday by a court in Kigal, Prosecutor General John Bosco Mutangana said.

He is accused of playing a key role in 1994 Genocide in which over One million Tutsis were killed but he denied the charges.

He fled Rwanda in 2004 before seeking refuge in the U.S. where he taught French at Goucher College in Baltimore until he was suspended in 2008 following his indictment by the Rwandan government.

Rwanda issued an arrest warrant against Munyakazi in 2006 and in 2008 and asked the U.S to extradite him; he was later deported to Rwanda in 2016.

Munyakazi was a college professor at the time of the 1994 genocide against th Tutsi; he had opposed his transfer to Rwanda, arguing that he faced torture and would not get a fair trial.


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