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Africa News of Thursday, 18 August 2022


Rwanda genocide suspect: Kabuga trial date set

Félicien Kabuga Félicien Kabuga

The trial of a former businessman suspected of being one of the masterminds behind the genocide in Rwanda will start on 29 September, a court has ruled.

Eighty-seven-year-old Félicien Kabuga appeared at a court in The Hague for a pre-trial hearing.

He was detained in France two years ago after escaping arrest for more than two decades.

In the 1990s, Mr Kabuga was president of the radio station Radio Television Libre des Mille Collines, which broadcast calls for the killing of Tutsis.

He stands accused of genocide, incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity.

He will be tried in a court that is the successor to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which finished its work in Tanzania in 2015.

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda led to the killing of 800,000 Tutsis and thousands of moderate Hutus.

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