The Gacaca court of Kayumba, in the district of Nyamata, concluded that Musabyimana, 51, ordered his men to encircle Nyamata's church and kill the 5,000 Tutsis who had taken refuge inside.
He was also found guilty for the complicity in the killings of thousands of Tutsis sheltered in Ntarama's church, in the same area.
After the rout of government troops in July 1994, Musabyimana sought asylum in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A year later he came back to Rwanda and joined the new Rwandan Army (FPR). Since then, he had been working at the Headquarters' personnel division.
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