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Monday, November 07, 2011

Canada charged second suspect under war crimes law
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On November 7, 2009, Canadian prosecutors charged a Rwandan genocide suspect under Canada's Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. Jacques Mungwarere became the second person to be charged under the law when he was officially indicted on May 26, 2010, on two counts each of genocide and crimes against humanity. The Superior Court of Ontario in Ottawa held preliminary hearings in February 2011, with Mungwarere's trial expected in 2012. The first man charged under the law was Desire Munyaneza. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for war crimes committed during the Rwandan genocide in 2009.

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