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Monday, June 11, 2012

Finland court convicted Rwanda pastor of genocide
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On June 11, 2010, a Finnish court convicted former Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba and sentenced him to life in prison for his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The court found that he had ordered the killing of at least five Tutsis, led attacks against Tutsis and spread anti-Tutsi propaganda in order to incite others to commit murder. The Finnish penal code states that Finland must bring charges against an offender when extradition is not granted and the person faces more than six months in prison. However, the prosecution of Bazaramba marked the first time that a Finnish court heard a criminal case involving allegations of genocide. Bazaramba appealed the court's decision in August 2011.

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