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Rwandan In Sweden Loses Appeal Against Life Sentence For Genocide

A Swedish court has turned down an appeal against life sentence by a Rwandan genocide convict. The court has upheld life sentence for Theodore Rekeratabaro guilty of a pile of genocide crimes.

Rekeratabaro now aged 50, hails from Rusizi district where he actively participated in the massacres, assasinations, kidnappings and looting during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

Most of these crimes were committed in Kabahinda cell, Mururu Sector formerly part of Cyimbogo Commune.

Rekeratabaro will thus spend the rest of his life behind the coolers.

In Rwanda, Rekeratabaro is a wanted man charged with organising, recruiting and inciting, and also executing massacres during the genocide.

 In 1994, on April 9 in Winteko, Tabaro took part in, together with other Interahamwe militia, the massacre of numerous civilians and the raping of women and young girls.

He arrived in Sweden in 1998 and became a citizen in 2006 under the names Theodore Tabaro.

In October 2016  Tabaro was arrested at his home in Orebro, 160 kilometres (100 miles) west of Stockholm.

Meanwhile, in 2014 and 2016, Swedish courts convicted two other naturalised Rwandans, Stanislas Mbanenande and Claver Berinkidi, sentencing them to life in prison for their roles in the genocide.

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