Friday, September 25, 2009

Makeli Found Guilty of Rwanda Genocide

Dominique Makeli, a journalist who worked for state-owned Radio Rwanda, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Kigali district of Gikondo on 19 September by a gacaca, one of the popular courts set up specially to try cases linked to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The former journalist was convicted of inciting genocide on the national radio station and holding meetings to plan the genocide and attacks on Tutsis in the central city of Kabgayi. The court also found him guilty of criminal association, attempted murder and being a member of the highest level of genocide planners.

After being detained for 14 years, Makeli had previously been acquitted of genocide and released on 13 October 2008.

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