Rwandan local courts charge over 14,000 judges with genocide

[JURIST] Rwanda's community-based genocide courts have charged 14,885 of their own judges with genocide, according to the department in charge of managing the system. The Gacaca courts [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] were created three years ago to accelerate genocide trial proceedings, and consists of judges who are referred to as Inyangamugayo, or persons of integrity. Rwanda currently has approximately 10,000 Gacaca courts with over 200,000 Inyangamugayo presiding. The Inyangamugayo are required by law [PDF text] to resign if a genocide charge is brought against them; they then are tried by the same court over which they once presided. Hirondelle News Agency has more.



 

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