Belgian court finds Rwandan businessmen guilty of genocide crimes

[JURIST] Two Rwandan businessmen were found guilty by a Brussels court Tuesday on 81 charges of murder and war crimes related to the country's 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder] during which 800,000 people were killed. Half-brothers Samuel Ndashyikirwa and Etienne Nzabonimana, who have repeatedly denied any involvement in the genocide, were accused of giving weapons, vehicles and beer to the Hutu ethnic group [Wikipedia backgrounder], leading to the massacre of 50,000 people in the Kibungo region, mostly of the Tutsi minority group [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The genocide trial is the second in Belgium, allowable under its universal jurisdiction law [JURIST report], and commenced after a decade-long investigation by Belgian authorities. The first trial resulted in jail sentences for four Rwandans in June 2001. AFP has more.

 

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