Life sentence for Rwandan war criminal

160_desire_munyaneza_070326MONTREAL — (CP) A Canadian judge has imposed the toughest sentence possible on a man convicted of committing atrocities during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, described as the worst possible crime a human being can commit.

In a historic case, Desire Munyaneza was sentenced Thursday to life imprisonment without possibility of parole for 25 years.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Denis handed down the sentence in a case international legal observers followed closely because of the implications it could have on similar prosecutions both here and abroad.

He is the first person convicted under Canada’s Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, enacted in 2000…

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