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Rwandan priest's genocide trial delayed after mass boycott

[JURIST] Following up on a report Monday on JURIST's Paper Chase, the landmark genocide trial of Catholic priest Athanase Seromba was suspended for a day Tuesday after a mass boycott by detainees at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [ICTR]. 44 of the 56 people detained at the ICTR, which sits in Tanzania, are protesting a proposed move to Rwanda after the tribunal's mandate expires.

The detainees believe that fair trials would be impossible in Rwanda and that they would most likely die in the country's overcrowded prisons. Lawyers representing Seromba also walked out of court saying Seromba does not want representation during the boycott. Read case materials for Seromba from the ICTR. AFP has more.

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