Rwanda ex-spy chief jailed in France

14 March 2014


A French court has jailed former Rwandan spy chief Pascal Simbikangwa for 25 years over the 1994 genocide.

In landmark trial, Simbikangwa was found guilty of complicity in genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity.

It was not immediately clear whether Simbikangwa’s lawyers would appeal.

Pascal Simbikangwa, who is paraplegic after a car crash, was arrested in 2008 while living under an alias on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte.

Simbikangwa is the first man to be convicted in France in connection with the genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago.

Some 500,000 people – mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus – were killed over a period of about 100 days.

He had denied the charges against him.


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