This court sketch made on 14 November 2023, shows Rwandan former doctor Sosthene Munyemana (R) attending his trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1994 massacres in Rwanda, at the Palais de Justice courthouse on the Ile de la Cite, central Paris.
Former Rwandan doctor Sosthene Munyemana was on Wednesday jailed for 24 years by a French court for his involvement in the 1994 genocide of Tutsis.
The 68-year-old former gynaecologist was found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and participation in a conspiracy to prepare these crimes.
His lawyers said they planned to appeal the verdict.
The public prosecutor had sought a sentence of 30 years, arguing that the “sum total” of his choices showed “the traits of a genocidaire”.
The trial in the Assize Court in the French capital came nearly three decades after a complaint was filed against him in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux in 1995.
It is the sixth trial in France of an alleged participant in the massacres, in which around 800 000 people, most of them ethnic Tutsis, were slaughtered over 100 days by Hutu soldiers and extremist militias, according to UN figures.
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Publish date : 2023-12-20 11:11:35