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ICTR begins genocide trial of Rwandan Catholic priest

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] began judicial proceedings Friday in the trial of Rwandan Catholic priest Hormisdas Nsengimana [ICTR case backgrounder], who is indicted [PDF text] on four counts including genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, and crimes against humanity for murder and extermination for allegedly collaborating and ordering students to collaborate with the marauding Rwandan interahamwe [BBC backgrounder], as well as personally killing Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder]. AFP has more.

On Thursday, the ICTR issued an arrest warrant against another Rwandan Catholic priest, Wenceslas Munyeshyaka [ICTR case backgrounder], who has been indicted [PDF text] with four counts including genocide and crimes against humanity for rape, extermination, and murder. Munyeshyaka, currently believed to be residing in France, is the fourth Roman Catholic clergyman to be charged by the ICTR. The ICTR is expected to finish its work by 2009, and has already moved to transfer some genocide cases [JURIST report] to Rwandan courts after the Rwandan parliament abolished the death penalty [JURIST report]. AFP has more.

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