See what happened to the man who preached genocide in Rwandan ethnic conflict

See what happened to the man who preached genocide in Rwandan ethnic conflict

A Rwandan court has jailed the former politician who described Tutsis as "cockroaches" and called for their extermination.

See what happened to the man who preached genocide in Rwandan ethnic conflict

Mugesera being led by police upon arrest/credit:BBC

Leon Mugesera was jailed for life for his utterances   during the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed some 800,000 lives. He made his incendiary speech against the Tutsi minority in 1992.

In 1992, then an official in Rwanda's ruling Hutu party, Mugesera told more than 1,000 party members that they should kill Tutsis and dump their bodies in the river.

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Mugesera later maintained his innocence, saying the speech had been taken out of context. The genocide ended when rebels, led by current Tutsi President Paul Kagame, seized power in July 1994. Militias from the majority Hutu ethnic group were blamed for the mass slaughter.

Leon Mugesera, an academic, was extradited back to his home country from Canada four years ago. Upon his return he later worked as a lecturer in Quebec province and lost a 12-year legal battle to avoid extradition.

 

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