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Rwandan radio broadcaster pleads not guilty to genocide charges

[JURIST] Joseph Serugendo, the former technical director of a Rwandan radio station that promoted the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder], pleaded not guilty Friday to five counts [indictment, PDF] of genocide and crimes against humanity at the UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website]. ICTR prosecutors allege that Serugendo "planned, instigated, ordered, committed or aided and abetted in the planning, preparation or execution of ... crimes" that were part of the 1994 genocide which lead to the killing of over 500,000 members of Rwanda's Tutsi ethnic minority. Serugendo, who is also said to be a leader of the Interahamwe militia, was arrested in Gabon earlier this month and transferred to the ICTR [JURIST report] earlier this week. A trial date for Serugendo has not yet been set. Read the ICTR press release on Serugendo's not guilty plea. AP has more.

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