Leonard Ntirikenerwa was sentenced to life in prison, Nzabanita, alias Rumira, to 30 years in prison, Jean Baptiste Yoboka to 20 years and Mohamed Kajyibwami to 11 years in prison.
Convicted in first instance on 30 October 2006 by a conventional court, they had all filed an appeal and found themselves before the gacacas under the terms of an amendment which occurred after the first judgment.
According to the joint indictment, all four were accused "of planning and execution of the genocide, murder of several families in Butamwa, criminal conspiracy and looting".
Except for Yoboka, all had pleaded not guilty. Thanks to his guilty plea, Yoboka will be able to benefit from community service and suspension of sentence, explained Meschack Rumenge, President of Court.
Kajyibwami, 16 years old at the time of the event, was the only one to benefit from a special conviction, because of his age, stated the president. His 11-year prison sentence without the possibility of parole will be reduced by the 6 years already spent in detention; but, not having pleaded guilty, he is not eligible for community service.
The convicts can file recourse for revision.
© Hirondelle News Agency