War crimes trial of two Rwandans begins in Belgium

[JURIST] The trial of two Rwandan men accused of war crimes during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder] begins Monday in Brussels. Half-brothers Etienne Nzabonimana and Samuel Ndashyikirwa are accused of helping the Hutu militia and are charged under Belgium's universal jurisdiction law, which allows the prosecution of war crimes suspects even if the suspects are not Belgian and the crimes were committed outside Belgium. Belgian courts were flooded with war crimes lawsuits after four Rwandans, including two nuns, were convicted in 2001 of participating in the genocide. Belgium's law has since been amended to require suspects to live in Belgium, as was the case when Nzabonimana and Ndashyikirwa were arrested in 2002. Reuters has more.

 

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