Rwandan genocide convict to seek Supreme Court ruling
Saturday, 31 March 2012
An Appeals Court in Helsinki has upheld the life sentence handed down to a former Rwandan preacher for his role in the genocide in his home country in 1994.
François Bazaramba's lawyer, Ville Hoikkala, says he will try to take the case to the Supreme Court.
Bazaramba was convicted and sentenced by a court in Porvoo in 2010 after a five-year trial that included hearings in Rwanda and Tanzania. It was the first genocide trial to be held in the Nordic region.
Bazaramba denies any wrongdoing, accusing the current Rwandan government of using the case for its own political ends. He was the head of a church-related youth training centre at the time of the Rwandan massacres, in which some 800,000 people were killed.
Bazaramba has already been in detention for five years.
News Source: Yle
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