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Rwanda's Ingabire gets 8 years in jail

2012-10-30 16:36

Kigali - A court in Rwanda has sentenced the country's top opposition leader to eight years in prison on charges of treason and genocide denial.

Judge Alice Rulisa, speaking for a three-judge panel, said on Tuesday the court acquitted Victoire Ingabire on charges of promoting ethnic division and genocide ideology. The court said Ingabire was given a lighter sentence because she had written a letter to President Paul Kagame asking for leniency.

Ingabire's lawyer, Iain Edwards, said Ingabire will appeal the court's ruling.

Ingabire is a Hutu political leader in a country run by a Tutsi president who has made ethnic identification taboo.

More than 500 000 Rwandans, mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, were killed in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.