Rwandan Journalist Gets Life Sentence

Valerie Bemeriki encouraged Hutus to slaughter Tutsis in 1994...


Valerie Bemeriki, a Rwandan journalist who publicly encouraged the genocide in 1994, has received a life sentence for her part in the atrocities. From the BBC:

In one broadcast attributed to her she told her listeners: "Do not kill those cockroaches with a bullet - cut them to pieces with a machete."

She was one of the most prominent voices of Radio Mille Collines - a station which became notorious for its encouragement of the slaughter.

The station was launched in 1993, backed by relatives of Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana - whose death in a plane crash helped to trigger the genocide.

Two senior executives of Radio Milles Collines have previously been sentenced to long jail terms by the UN's Rwanda tribunal, based in Arusha, Tanzania.

Good riddance.

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