Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pastor Sentenced To Life In Prison

Finland: A Finnish court sentenced a former Rwandan pastor, Francois Bazaramba, to life imprisonment Friday for committing genocide against the Tutsi minority in his home country in 1994.

The 59-year-old member of the Hutu tribe, who has lived in Finland since 2003, was found guilty of intending to "destroy in whole or part the Rwandan Tutsis as a group," according to the verdict.

The Court said Bazaramba had spread anti-Tutsi propaganda and incited Hutus "to killings through fomenting anger and contempt towards Tutsis." Bazaramba had forced Tutsis to leave their homes and ordered Hutus to burn them down.
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The 1994 genocide was carried out by Hutu extremists against the Tutsi minority and Hutu moderates. During 100 days, more than 500,000 people were killed. The court in Porvoo put the death toll at 800,000.