Former Rwanda militia chief dies in prison

2010-10-13 09:21

A former militia chief sentenced to life in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for his role in the 1994 genocide had died in Benin where he was serving his sentence.

Georges Rutaganda (52) was the leader of the Interahamwe militia whose members did much of the killing during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

He was a shareholder in the Mille Collines radio, notorious for inciting the population to kill Tutsis during the genocide.

Rutaganda died a natural death on Monday, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said in a statement.

“He died of sudden complications from a long illness,” the tribunal said.

Rutaganda, who was serving life for genocide and crimes against humanity, had been incarcerated in Benin since June 2009 following an agreement between the West African country and the UN.

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