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Rwandan convicted in French genocide trial

A Paris court has delivered France's first-ever conviction for genocide, sentencing a Rwandan former intelligence chief to 25 years in prison for complicity in the 1994 killings of at least 500,000 people in the African country.

 

The landmark trial of 54-year-old Pascal Simbikangwa sets off what could be the first of dozens of French trials into one of the 20th century's greatest atrocities – two decades after it happened. He was found guilty of complicity to genocide and complicity to crimes against humanity. It wasn't immediately clear Friday whether Simbikangwa's lawyers would appeal. (P)