Court sentences Rwandan official convicted of genocide to 25 years in prison

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A court in Belgium has sentenced a former Rwandan official convicted of genocide to 25 years in prison for his role in the massacres of 1994.

Seventy-one-year old Fabien Neretse – who was arrested in France in 2011 – never admitted to the crimes and has not expressed any regret.

He was also convicted of war crimes for 11 killings in Rwanda.

Neretse’s lawyer told the court that the innocent do not confess and – due to his age – he said the jail term would be a slow, terrible death.

Belgium has found eight other people guilty of killings in its former colony, but Neretse is the first to be convicted of genocide.

Titi