Désiré Munyaneza Convicted of Rwanda War Crimes in Quebec Court
Désiré Munyaneza has been found guilty of committing war crimes in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
The decision was announced at a Quebec court in Montreal on Friday morning.
Munyaneza is the first person to be convicted under Canada's recently adopted Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, which allows "residents to be tried to crimes committed abroad".
Judge André Noel handed down the guilty verdict Friday morning in a packed room at the Montreal courthouse, telling observers he had no hesitation whatsoever in convicting Munyaneza based on the evidence and testimony presented during the two-year trial.
Munyaneza was charged with seven counts related to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, in connection to events that occurred in and around Butare, Rwanda, during the genocide. He was convicted on all of the counts.