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December 03, 2003

They Should Count Themselves Lucky

For promoting racial violence, for encouraging mad crowds to kill, for listing the names and locations of those that they wanted dead, three people were sentenced to jail terms in Rwanda. My opposition to the death penalty simply doesn't extend to this kind of crime; there is no punishment that could possibly be enough to heal the wounds that they caused.

Three Rwandan media executives have been found guilty of inciting violence during the genocide of 1994.

Two worked for a radio station which broadcast lists of people to be killed and revealed where they could be found. The three were given long jail terms.

"Without a firearm, machete or any physical weapon, you caused the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians," said the international court judge.

About 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered in just 100 days.

Ferdinand Nahimana, who was sentenced to life in prison, and Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, who got 35 years, helped set up a private radio station - Radio Television Libres des Mille Collines (RTLM) - which urged Hutus to "exterminate the cockroaches".

"Nahimana chose a path of genocide and betrayed the trust placed in him as an intellectual and a leader," said Judge Navanathem Pillay.

Hassan Ngeze, who was sentenced to life, was the editor of an extremist magazine called Kangura.

Judge Pillay told him he had "poisoned the minds of your readers" against Tutsis.

Yes, they should count themselves lucky that they continue to breathe. That is far more than they deserve.

Read the story.

Posted by zombyboy at December 3, 2003 10:39 AM
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