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Friday
Jun242011

ICTR Convicts First Woman in History for Rwanda Genocide

Photos dot com/Jupiterimages(ARUSHA, Tanzania) -- The first woman to be tried and convicted by the International Crime Tribunal for Rwanda was sentenced to life in prison Friday. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, 65, is considered one of the key instigators in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which took place in Butare, according to the BBC.

Nyiramasuhuko had long been friends with the wife of President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose assassination, the New York Times reports, incited a mass-slaughter lasting 100 days in 1994.

A once powerful Rwandan politician, Nyiramasuhuko ordered the then-governor to organize mass killings.  When the governor resisted, he was immediately killed, reports say.  Nyiramasuhuko, then ordered the mass-execution of the Tutsi population in her home region.

Nyiramasuhuko's son Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, who she often told to organize the kidnappings and rapes of women and girls in Butare, was also convicted and handed a life sentence.

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