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17.02.2017 13:18 Age: 181 days

Swedish Court of Appeal confirms life sentence for Claver Berinkindi condemned for Genocide

On 15th February 2017, the Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm, Sweden, upheld the life sentence imposed on Claver Berinkindi, now 61 years old, convicted of genocide. He had acquired Swedish citizenship in 2012

He had been convicted of genocide for his role in the massacres of Tutsi who had taken refuge in the Nyamure hills and in the Muyira primary school in the former prefecture of Butare.

He also played a leading role in several massacres and attacks against the Tutsi in Butare.

 A Swedish inquiry commission in Rwanda had gathered extremely important and strong evidence of his involvement in the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi.

Claver Berinkindi is the second Rwandan to be sentenced to life by a Swedish court for role in the Genocide committed against the Tutsi after Stanisilas Mbanenande who had been convicted in 2013. The latter had massacred Tutsi in the former prefecture of Kibuye.