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12 September 2005 by -

On 6 September, whilst his plane was in transit at Kigali airport, the Catholic missionary Guy Theunis who worked in Rwanda from 1970 to 1994, was arrested and taken into custody by the Rwandan authorities. The Rwandan prosecutor Emmanuel Rukangira told AFP that the 60-year-old priest was accused of "incitement to genocide and of genocide denial", particularly in the Christian publication Dialogue. However, in an interview with Flemish television, the Rwandan specialist Filip Reyntjens said: "From a legal point of view, I don't think the charges stand up.

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11 April 2008 by -

Key members of the former Rwandan regime who served the post-genocide government for nearly eleven years have been summoned before gacaca courts, which restarted hearings on 10 March. In addition to the prefect Boniface Rucagu *see IJT n° 22+, two well-known former officers of the Rwandan Armed Forces (FAR) will have to answer charges in the local justice system. Marcel Gatsinzi was commander-in-chief of the FAR between 7 and 16 April, 1994.

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24 October 2005 by Louis-Martin Rugendo

Officially begun on March 10, 2005, Rwanda's community-based gacaca courts are facing major difficulties and ambiguities. Expectations for the gacaca are divergent, to say the least, and the main challenges for these courts include: lack of resources, political interference, lack of qualified judges and the complexity of the cases being tried. Six months later, only 10% of the gacaca have begun trials and Rwandans are testing the impact of these courts.

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23 May 2005 by Mary Kimani

Since trials began at the gacaca courts on 10 March, over 600 verdicts have been delivered. This is an impressive result, but one that has not been achieved easily. Attendance is proving a constant problem. For a hearing to be valid, the courts require a quorum of at least nine judges and a hundred members of the community. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has also signalled a new problem: thousands of Rwandans have started fleeing to neighbouring countries to avoid standing trial.

Laurent Munyakazi