Rwandan ex-intel chief convicted in genocide trial

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 15 at 1:33 AM

PARIS (AP) — Paris court has delivered France's first-ever conviction for genocide, sentencing a Rwandan former intelligence chief to 25 years in prison over the 1994 killings of at least 500,000 people in the African country.

The landmark trial of 54-year-old Pascal Simbikangwa (Sim-BEE-kangh-wah) sets off what could be the first of dozens of French trials into one of the 20th century's greatest atrocities — two decades after it happened.

He was found guilty of genocide and complicity to crimes against humanity. It wasn't immediately clear Friday whether Simbikangwa's lawyers would appeal.

While French officialdom wasn't on trial, critics say France was too supportive of Rwandan government and for too long turned a blind eye to the genocide.A Paris court has delivered France's first conviction for genocide, convicting a Rwandan former intelligence chief to 25 years in prison over the 1994 killings of at least a half-million people in the African country.

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