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Catholic priest refuses to appear for Rwanda war crimes trial

[JURIST] Catholic priest Athanase Seromba refused to appear Monday for the start of his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Seromba, who is accused of ordering a massacre of 2,000 people who sought refuge in his church during Rwanda's genocide, has pleaded not guilty to charges of charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity.

Seromba's refusal to appear was in protest over the tribunal's plans to transfer the trials of some suspects to Rwanda's national courts. AP has more. Read case materials for Seromba from the ICTR.

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