Link: Rwandan given 20 year jail term for crimes [AFP]

Joseph Mpambara was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Hague district court for the 1994 torturing to death of two women and their four children.  He had stopped an ambulance and beaten the children to death with clubs while the women were hacked with machetes. 

An appeal court previously ruled that there was insufficient evidence to charge Joseph Mpambara with genocide.

He was the first Rwandan to be condemned in the Netherlands in a joint agreement between several European countries and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).  The agreement states that genocide suspects may be tried in national courts of the participating countries.

About Mandy Southgate

Mandy Southgate is an accountant living and working in London. She is passionate about world events such as genocide and apartheid and has a desire to understand how these events continue to occur in the modern world. With a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries, A Passion to Understand reflects her continuing research and reading on these topics.
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