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The hunt for leader of Rwandan genocide ends at a grave

The hunt for leader of Rwandan genocide ends at a grave

PROTAIS MPIRANYA, one of the last remaining fugitives sought over the 1994 Rwandan genocide, has been confirmed dead and the case against him has been closed, the prosecutor of the successor court to the UN Rwanda tribunal said on Thursday. An international investigation concluded that Mpiranya died on October 5th in 2006 in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. He was alleged to have been a senior leader of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi population and was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 2000. Mpiranya was charged with eight counts of genocide, complicity in genocide,…
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‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero says he was duped into coming to Rwanda

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero says he was duped into coming to Rwanda

CLEMENT UWIRINGIYIMANA PAUL Rusesabagina, depicted in a Hollywood movie as a hero who helped save Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide, said he believed he was flying to Burundi at the invitation of a pastor, but was instead lured to Rwanda and arrested on terrorism charges. Rusesabagina was speaking to the New York Times in an interview the paper said had been authorised by the Rwandan government and had taken place in the presence of government officials. The 66-year-old political dissident and former hotel manager was propelled to fame after the Oscar-nominated film "Hotel Rwanda" portrayed him using his connections with…
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Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga pleads not guilty at U.N. court

Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga pleads not guilty at U.N. court

A United Nations court has registered a plea of "not guilty" for Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga at his lawyer's request after he remained silent during his initial appearance. Kabuga, 85, appeared frail and did not respond to questions from judges. He was arrested in France in May after decades on the run and transferred to a United Nations detention centre in The Hague on October 26. "We have talked about this with Mr Kabuga before the hearing and he does not wish to answer in these conditions. I would appreciate it if you would consider his non-response as a…
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Rwanda genocide survivors want speedy trial for Kabuga, but court faces delays

Rwanda genocide survivors want speedy trial for Kabuga, but court faces delays

CLEMENT UWIRIGIYAMANA A special U.N. tribunal in Tanzania should quickly try elderly tycoon Felicien Kabuga on charges of financing the 1994 Rwandan genocide, survivors said on Thursday, after France's top civil court ruled he could be handed over for prosecution. "The case of Kabuga should be speedy," Naphtal Ahishakiye, the executive secretary of genocide survivor organization Ibuka told Reuters by phone. He lost his parents and three brothers in the genocide. "He is elderly, I think a quick trial would enable the victims to get justice." But the tribunal in Tanzania's northern town of Arusha faces both legal challenges and…
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