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Rwandan official sentenced to 25 years for genocide

A Belgian court has sentenced a Rwandan official, Fabien Neretse, to 25 years in jail over his role in the 1994 Rwandan massacre.

Neretse was initially arrested in 2011 whilst in France and found guilty of genocide and war crimes by the high court in Brussels. The court has specified that  he was guilty of 11 war crimes and argued that he was involved in the killing of 11 civilians. He is the first person to have been convicted by Belgium 25 years after the masscres in Rwanda which killed 800,000 people.

Neretse has contested the judgement of the court but allowed for a reduced sentence due to his old age. He was among the eight who have been condemned by Belgium but was the first convicted of genocide. Belgium has thus far held four trials and condemned eight. 

Read Japan Times's reporting here.
 

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