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ICTR genocide trial begins for former top Rwanda official

[JURIST] The war crimes trial of former Rwandan colonel and prefect of Rwanda's capital city Tharcisse Renzaho [ICTR case file] began [press release] Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Renzaho faces charges [indictment, PDF] of genocide, complicity in genocide, and murder as a crime against humanity in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder]. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Prosecutors claim Renzaho actively participated in and encouraged the murder of Tutsis [Wikipedia backgrounder], as well as the rape of Tutsi women. The 1994 Rwandan genocide resulted in the deaths of over 800,000 people. AFP has more.

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