A former Rwandan army colonel was convicted Thursday of genocide and crimes against humanity for masterminding the killings of more than half a million people in a 100-day slaughter in 1994. Survivors in Rwanda welcomed the watershed moment in a long search for justice.Debaters examining the Jan/Feb resolution would do well to consider the utility (or even necessity) of a permanent tribunal along the lines of the ICC. It could potentially speed up and streamline the process, so it wouldn't take the international community 14 years to arrest, prosecute, and convict the most heinous of criminals.
The U.N. courtroom in Tanzania was packed for the culmination of the trial of Theoneste Bagosora, the highest-ranking Rwandan official to be convicted in the genocide. Onlookers were silent as the 67-year-old was sentenced to life in prison.
"Let him think about what he did for the rest of his life," said Jean Pierre Sagahutu, 46, in Rwanda, who lost his parents and seven siblings. He escaped by hiding in a septic tank for 2 1/2 months.
Former military commanders Anatole Nsengiyumva and Aloys Ntabakuze also were found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison. The former chief of military operations, Brig. Gratien Kabiligi, was cleared of all charges and released.
Dec 18, 2008
justice was a long time coming
Since its inception, 36 perpetrators of genocide and crimes against humanity have been convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Today marks the latest: