Suspect in Rwandan church massacre found guilty

AP News
Posted: Nov 01, 2010 10:55 AM
Suspect in Rwandan church massacre found guilty

A U.N. court trying key perpetrators of Rwanda's 1994 genocide has given a 30-year sentence to a former businessman for ordering bulldozers to demolish a church where 2,000 Tutsis had sought shelter.

Gasper Kanyarukiga on Monday was found guilty of the killings. Judge Taghrid Hikmet said he intentionally participated in the genocidal act.

It was not immediately known if Kanyarukiga would appeal.

Kanyarukiga was arrested in 2004. Prosecutors argued Kanyarukiga ordered the bulldozing of Nyange Church, and said those who tried to flee were hunted and slaughtered.

More than half a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during the genocide. Currently 22 cases are in progress at the U.N. court and two suspects await trial.