Rwanda tribunal reduces sentences for 2 officials

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Posted: Dec 15, 2011 7:48 AM
Rwanda tribunal reduces sentences for 2 officials

A U.N. tribunal has reduced sentences for two former Rwandan military officials who were convicted of genocide during one of the court's most significant verdicts.

The Tanzania-based court said Wednesday it overturned several convictions against former Rwandan Ministry of Defense director Col. Theoneste Bagosora.

The court reduced his life sentence to 35 years. Bagosora had been sentenced in 2008 at the age of 67.

The court also reduced the life sentence of former military commander Anatole Nsengiyumva to 15 years and released him for time served.

The court did not reverse either man's genocide conviction.

More than half a million members of the Tutsi ethnic minority and moderates from the Hutu majority were slaughtered during the 100-day genocide in 1994.