12/18/2014 10:47 EST | Updated 02/17/2015 05:59 EST

Désiré Munyaneza's Rwandan genocide appeal won't be heard by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the appeal of Désiré Munyaneza, who was found guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

After a two-year trial that concluded in 2009, Munyaneza became the first person to be convicted in Canada under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

He was found guilty of seven counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and was handed a life sentence without parole eligibility for 25 years.

Munyaneza led a Hutu militia in southern Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.

He had been involved in a series of executions, rapes and lootings in Butare. He came to Canada in 1997 and was arrested by the RCMP in Toronto in 2005 after a five-year investigation.