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France upholds 25-year jail term for Rwanda genocide convict

Former Rwandan army captain Pascal Simbikangwa (C), who insists he is innocent,  launched an appeal in October, in a six-week trial to be decided by nine jurors and three magistratesA French court on Saturday upheld a 25 year prison sentence handed to a former Rwandan intelligence agent jailed in France’s first trial over the African country’s 1994 genocide. Pascal Simbikangwa was found guilty of genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity in a landmark 2014 trial that marked a turning point in France’s approach to genocide suspects living on its soil. “We were naive — we wanted to believe that he would not be sentenced in advance,” his lawyer Fabrice Epstein said as she left the court in Bobigny outside Paris.

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