BERLIN – A 56-year-old Rwandan man who had sought asylum in Germany has been convicted of inciting killings during his country's 1994 genocide and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
A Frankfurt state court ruled Tuesday that Onesphore Rwabukombe, a Hutu mayor of a district in northern Rwanda, was guilty of being accessory to genocide for inciting his followers to kill at least 400 members of the Tutsi minority in the area, the dpa news agency reported.
Rwabukombe had sought asylum in the Frankfurt area in 2002. He was arrested in 2010 on an international warrant from Rwanda, but was not extradited after authorities concluded he would not receive a fair trial there.
During the trial, which began in 2011, some 15 witnesses from Rwanda were heard by the court.