- One of the participants of the 1994 Rwanda genocide has been sentenced to life in prison by a Swedish court
- Theodore Tabaro was found guilty of assassination, attempted murder and abduction of members of the Tutsi ethnic group
- Tabaro fled to Sweden in 1998 and became a Swedish citizen in 2006
After twenty-four years of committing crime against humanity, a 49-year-old Rwandan-born man has been sentenced by a Swedish court to life in prison after being found guilty of playing a role in the 1994 genocide in the African country.
The New York Times reports that Theodore Tabaro was jailed after being found guilty of assassination, attempted murder and abduction of members of the Tutsi ethnic group "with the intention to destroy the whole or part of the Tutsi group."
NAIJ.com gathers that Tabaro, who is a Swedish national, was said to have also urged others to commit crimes.
According to the court, Tabaro participated in several attacks in southwestern Rwanda and took part in an attack against a school, a chapel and a monastery where "several hundred people were killed."
KT Press reports that while Tabaro was in Winteko suburb with other Hutu militia on April 9, 1994, he took part in the killing of numerous civilians and raping of women and girls.
He also took part in the April 13 attack on Nyakanyinya school where several hundred of people, including children, were killed or seriously injured by grenades, gunfire and knives.
According to report, several days later, he allegedly took part in an attack on a church in Mibirizi.
The convict was said to have fled to Sweden in 1998 and became a Swedish citizen in 2006. He was apprehended at his home in Orebro, 160km West of Stockholm, in October 2016.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Rwanda’s government closed thousands of churches and dozens of mosques in a bid to assert more control over a vibrant religious community.
President Paul Kagame said he was shocked by the high number of churches in the East African country.
He said: “700 churches in Kigali? Are these boreholes (deep wells) that give people water? I don’t think we have as many boreholes. Do we even have as many factories? This has been a mess!”
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