25 years for driving soldiers to kill Tutsis in Rwanda


DAR ES SALAAM – A former administrator accused of transporting soldiers to kill thousands of people during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide received a 25-year sentence yesterday, a UN court said.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, found Dominique Ntawukulilyayo (68) guilty of genocide.

Ntawukulilyayo, who was the deputy administrator of the Gisagara district, was acquitted of other charges of complicity in genocide and direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

He was arrested in France in October 2007 and transferred to the UN detention facility in Arusha a year later. Prosecutors said Ntawukulilyayo transported soldiers to a hill where thousands of refugee Tutsis had gathered after he promised to feed them: “Ntawukulilyayo transported soldiers to Kabuye hill, who joined other assailants in an extensive attack, leaving possibly thousands of Tutsis dead.”

Ethnic Hutu militia and soldiers butchered 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus in 100 days between April and June 1994. – (Reuters)