Trial starts in France of Rwandan genocide suspect

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

BBC
4 February 2014 Last
A French court has begun hearing the landmark trial of a former Rwandan intelligence chief charged with complicity in the 1994 genocide.

Pascal Simbikangwa, who is paraplegic, was arrested in 2008 when he was living under an alias on France’s Indian Ocean island of Mayotte.

He denies all of the charges.

France has been accused of being too slow to prosecute those allegedly linked to killing hundreds of thousands of Rwandans over 100 days in 1994.

After the genocide, many Rwandans fled to France as they share a common language and used to enjoy close diplomatic relations.

Mr Simbikangwa, 54, stands accused of helping to arm ethnic Hutu militia who manned roadblocks in the capital, and instructing them about their part in the slaughter.

He has acknowledged being close to the government of President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu whose assassination in 1994 led to the…

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