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Kigali Genocide Memorial (Photo: Janet Anderson)
10 May 2016 by Janet H. Anderson Kigali (Rwanda)

Two Rwandans will go on trial today in Paris for genocide and crimes against humanity. The trial of Octavien Ngenzi and Tite Barahirwa - both former mayors from the south east of the country – is France’s second in a series of up to a potential twenty suspects, in connection with the 1994 genocide. Former spy chief Pascal Simbikangwa was convicted in March 2014 to 25 years in jail in the first ever judgment by a French court relating to the Rwandan genocide. But in October last year the French case against a notorious side-arm-carrying priest Wenceslas Munyeshyaka was dismissed to widespread criticism.

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18 January 2012 by -

When former Rwandan MRND leaders Edouard Karemera and Mathieu Ngirumpatse received life sentences in December 2011, the conclusion of 17 years of work at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) was remarkable: there was no plan at the state or party level to exterminate Tutsis prior to the shooting down of former President Habyarimana’s plane on 6 April 1994.

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The lowest ranking officer of the Rwandan Armed Forces (Forces armées rwandaises, or FAR) ever convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is Lieutenant Ildephonse Hategekimana. The former commander of a small military camp in southern Rwanda, he is also the only officer to receive the maximum sentence for his crimes.

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