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Rwandan academic gets life in jail for 1994 genocide

AP  |  Kigali 

A prominent Rwandan academic has been sentenced to life in jail after being convicted of genocide, officials said today.

Leopold Munyakazi was convicted yesterday by a in the south of the East African country, Rwandan Prosecutor General John Bosco Mutangana said.

Munyakazi will be held under solitary confinement according to the verdict in the district of Muhanga, said Emmanuel Itamwa, a spokesman for the

Munyakazi was accused of playing a key role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, in which more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed. He denied the charges.

Munyakazi fled Rwanda in 2004 and sought refuge in the US, where he taught French at Goucher College in Baltimore until he was suspended in 2008 following his indictment by the Rwandan

The Rwandan issued arrest warrants against Munyakazi in 2006 and 2008 and asked the US to extradite him. He was deported to Rwanda last year.

Munyakazi, an ethnic Hutu who was a college professor at the time of the genocide, had opposed his transfer to Rwanda, arguing that he faced torture and would not get a fair trial since the country now has a Tutsi-led

He maintained his innocence but lost appeals to avoid extradition to Rwanda.

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 20:22 IST