Pascal Simbikangwa, former intelligence chief and head of Rwanda’s presidential guard, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by a court in France on Friday. The 54 year-old wheelchair-bound man was on trial and convicted for his part in the 1994 genocide in which some 800,000 Tutsis were massacred with machetes.
Simbikangwa was captured in 2008 and has been in French custody ever since. During the six week trial, Rwanda made numerous requests to France to extradite Simbikangwa which were repeatedly refused. It has been suggested that this trial may be the first of many trials to come in France, relating to the Rwandan tragedy. Source: The Guardian