Rwanda

    A famous Rwandan singer and composer has been sentenced by a United Nations tribunal to 15 years in prison for inciting the murder of Tutsis through his songs and speeches during the 1994 mass killings in the small African Great Lakes nation. Simon Bikindi, 54, was convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) of direct and public incitement to commit genocide. Prosecutors said that through his songs and speeches, the singer incited hatred and violence against Tutsi and that he was also responsible for specific attacks and killings in Gisenyi prefecture carried out by the Hutu-dominated rebel group known as the Interahamwe. (UN News Service)

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