Rwandan man guilty of genocide: Norway court

A Norwegian court has convicted a Rwandan man of involvement in the killings of 2,000 people during the 1994 genocide in the central African country.

Rwandan man guilty of genocide: Norway court
Prosecutor Marit Bakkevig Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / Scanpix

The court of appeal in Oslo found Sadi Bugingo, 49, guilty of nineteen out of twenty charges. Sentencing will take place in January.

“This case shows that Norway has the ability and the will to punish the most serious international crimes,” said state prosecutor Marit Bakkevig.

“There is a risk that people who have committed genocide or other serious crimes, seek residency in another country to avoid justice. To prevent people avoiding punishment, we as a state that follows the rule of law want to show that we can investigate and prosecute these cases under Norwegian law,” Bakkevig said.

Oslo district court sentenced Bugingo to 21 years in jail. This was the first time a Norwegian court convicted anyone of genocide. The court ruled that Bugingo had a leading role in two massacres.

The 49-year-old has maintained his innocence throughout.


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Breivik delays hunger strike for March trial

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has yet to begin a promised hunger strike, his lawyer revealed as the date for the killer's human rights case was set for March.

Breivik delays hunger strike for March trial
Norway killer Anders Breivik makes a fascist salute as he enters the courtroom during his trial in 2012. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/Scanpix

“He is focusing on the trial. He is not on a hunger strike at the moment,”  Breivik's lawyer Øystein Storrvik told AFP. 

The Oslo District Court said on Friday that Breivik's case would be heard between March 15 and 18. It was not immediately known whether Breivik will appear before the court.

Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage in July 2011, wants to take the Norwegian state to court in March over his prison conditions, which he likens to “torture”. 

“We believe that his rights are being violated. He is isolated from the other inmates, from other people, and only has contact with health care workers and guards,” Breivik's lawyer Oystein Storrvik told AFP.

On July 22, 2011, Breivik killed eight people in a bomb attack outside a government building in the capital Oslo and later murdered another 69 people, most of them teenagers, when he opened fire at a Labour Youth camp on the island of Utøya.

He was handed a 21-year prison sentence, which can be extended if he is still considered a danger to society.