Leo Mugesera found guilty of inciting genocide
A court in Kigali on Friday handed a life sentence to a former senior politician for hate speech aimed at stirring up killings of minority Tutsis during the central African countryâ€™s genocide more than two decades ago.
The high court convicted LÃ©on Mugesera, 64, 64, served as the deputy chairman and special advisor to the former ruling party, MRND that orchestrated the Genocide.
During the trial, Mugesera was accused of having referred to the Tutsis as â€œcockroachesâ€ who should be sent back to Ethiopia.
â€œThe court finds that Mugesera is guilty of … public incitement to commit genocide, persecution as crime against humanity and inciting ethnic-affiliated hatred,â€ judge Antoine Muhima said.
In 2012 Mugesera, also a former university lecturer, was extradited to Rwanda from Canada where he had lived in exile for years and resisted efforts to return him to face trial on genocide charges.
He said he would appeal the sentence because the court had not heard any of his witnesses or been â€œimpartial and independent.â€