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Journalists arrive for the sentencing of Pascal Simbikangwa at a Paris court. The trial of the former Hutu officer is the first of its kind in France
Pascal Simbikangwa, a former Rwandan intelligence chief, was found guilty of complicity in the 1994 genocide and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He's the first genocide suspect to be tried in France, which has long been accused of being too slow to bring perpetrators to justice. The prosecution had called for life-imprisonment.
After more than 11 hours of deliberation, a guilty verdict was finally handed down to the 54 year old, former spy chief.
Throughout the six-week long trial, Simbikangwa repeatedly maintained he was innocent, even claiming he'd not seen a single corpse during the three-month wave of violence, sparked after the plane of President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, was shot down.