Ex-Rwanda minister jailed for genocide, rape
A photo from May 28, 1994 shows displaced Tutsis at a refugee camp in Kabgayi, Rwanda.
June 24th, 2011
08:37 AM ET

Ex-Rwanda minister jailed for genocide, rape

A former Rwandan minister has been jailed for life for genocide and incitement to rape at the United Nations-backed court for Rwanda in Tanzania.

Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, who was one of the first women to be charged with genocide, was minister for family and women's affairs in the Rwandan government when some 800,000 people, mainly ethnic Tutsis, were killed in 1994.

She was accused of direct and public incitement to commit genocide and of being responsible for rape "as part of a widespread and systematic attack against a civilian population on political, ethnic and racial grounds," the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said.

Her son, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, a militia leader who was jointly charged in the case, was also convicted Friday of genocide, crimes against humanity including rape and persecution and war crimes, and sentenced to life in prison.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I wouldn't be surprised at anything that came out of that country.

    June 24, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. ken

    Just one more reason why it was a bad thing when Britain stopped overseeing these backwards countries back in the 18 and 19 hundreds.

    June 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SHELLY

      Actually, Ken, just one more reason why Europe should have never come into this country at ALL – when you research Rwanda's history, they got along just fine before Europe entered. Belgium and France are the ones who decided to give Rwanda "classes", make one a lower/lesser class, give the other one all the ruling positions and set them on a path of unrest and ultimately revolt among themselves...

      June 27, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |