Former Rwandan national sentenced to life imprisonment in Sweden for his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
A high court in Sweden sentenced a man of Rwandan origin on Thursday to life imprisonment for the role he played in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The man, Stanislas Mbanyenande, had already acquired Swedish citizenship. He was accused of physically taking part in the killing of hundreds of people in an area called Kibuye. The judge said there was overwhelming evidence that he had taken part in the killings. He is the second person to be convicted in north Europe in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide. In February this year a court in Norway sentenced another Rwandan national to 21 years in jail for the active role he played in the killing of 2000 people in the genocide. In just 100 days in 1994, Hutu soldiers and their allies, the Interahamwe militias, killed 800,000 people, most of them Tutsis and a few moderate ethnic Hutus. Majority of those who carried out the killings are hiding in the Democratic Republic of Congo where they have formed an armed rebel movement whose aim is to capture power in Rwanda.