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Abakozi b'Indashyikirwa

16.02.2017 07:51 Age: 181 days

Swedish Court upholds Berinkindi Clever life sentence

STOCKHOLM - A Swedish Court of appeal on Wednesday 15th February 2017 upheld the life imprisonment verdict it gave to Berinkindi Clever for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Svea court of appeal in Stockholm said Berinkindi Clever was guilty of the murder, attempted murder and kidnapping of several thousand people.

"The court largely agrees with the District court and therefore sentences him to life imprisonment for genocide and gross crime," the court said in a statement.

The court also said Berinkindi Clever should pay damage to victims.

Berinkindi Clever, a man in his 62 years, came to Sweden in 2002 applying for refugee status. He obtained Swedish citizenship in 2012. He was arrested in 2014 in Stockholm. On 4 September 2015, Berinkindi Clever was indicted by the Stockholm District Court. His trial started on 16 September 2015. He pleaded not guilty. End September, the Court travelled to Rwanda to visit the five locations of the alleged crimes and to hear statements from victims and witnesses.

On 16 May 2016 the Stockholm District Court found Berinkindi guilty of Genocide and gross crime under international law consisting of murder, kidnapping and attempted murder, sentencing him to life imprisonment. The District Court also awarded damages to 15 crime victims in Rwanda.



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