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Former Rwanda mayor pleads guilty at genocide tribunal

[JURIST] Paul Bisengimana, former mayor of the Rwandan town Gikoro, pleaded guilty Thursday before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website] on charges related to the country's 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder]. Bisengimana was initially charged [PDF indictment] with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct incitement to commit genocide, crimes against humanity including murder, extermination, rape, torture and other inhumane acts and violations of the Geneva Conventions and he entered a not guilty plea after being arrested in 2001. He changed his plea Thursday in an agreement with prosecutors: Bisengimana pleaded guilty to murder and extermination and the other charges were dropped. Bisengimana admitted to planning and participating in the murders of several thousand Tutsis who sought refuge in Gikoro. AP has more.

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