Rwandan Pastor Receives Life Imprisonment for Crimes of Genocide


Jean Uwinkindi, a pastor in Rwanda, has been accused of leading and co-ordinating attacks on minority Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Uwinkindi, 64, who once led the Kayenzi Pentecostal church, was convicted at the end of last month of the crime of genocide, in addition to crimes against humanity and has received a life imprisonment sentence. He has stated that he plans to appeal the conviction.

In 2010, Uwinkindi was arrested in Uganda and in 2011 his case was referred from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), in Tanzania, to the Rwandan national court system.

It was the first such referral to take place.

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Text source:, December 31st 2015

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