Swedish court upholds life term for Rwandan man for genocide

2017-02-15 20:55
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Kigali - An appellate court in Sweden has upheld a life sentence for a man from Rwanda who faced charges related to his role in the 1994 genocide in the East African country.

Claver Berinkindi, a Swedish citizen, had been found guilty of genocide and gross violation of international law in May 2015.

He appealed the ruling, saying he was innocent.

Berinkindi came to Sweden as a refugee in 2002 and became a Swedish citizen 10 years later.

Rwandan authorities initially wanted to prosecute him in Rwanda but since he's a Swedish citizen he couldn't be extradited.

Some 800 000 people, mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, were killed by Hutu extremists during the genocide, according to the UN.

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