Landmark Rwanda Genocide Trial Begins

 

 

 

” Twenty years after the Rwanda genocide, France opened its first trial against a suspected accomplice in the massacre that killed 800,000 people, accusing a former intelligence chief of crimes against humanity.

  Pascal Simbikangwa, 54, appeared in a Paris court on Tuesday on the first day of the long-awaited trial, in which more than 50 prosecution witnesses are expected to describe the ex-soldier’s alleged role in arming and directing Hutu killers.”

 

 

 

 

” Human rights activists and journalists from Rwanda crowded the chamber to follow the trial. Simbikangwa denies the charges brought against him.” 

 

 

 

 

” We’re not here in our own name, but in the name of the million victims who were exterminated in Rwanda in 1994,” Alain Gauthier, co-founder of a Rwanda victims’ group that is party to the case, told journalists.

  Long considered a safe haven for ringleaders of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, France lags behind neighbors like Belgium, Switzerland and Germany that have already brought suspects living on their soil to justice.”

 

 

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