France plans to hold its first trial resulting from the Rwandan genocide as the 20th anniversary of the attempt to eliminate the country’s ethnic Tutsi population approaches, the lawyer who will prosecute the case said.
A United Nations court set up to prosecute suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide will start on May 16 examining evidence against two of the tribunal’s most- wanted men, said Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama.
A Tanzanian lawyer who defended a Rwandan genocide suspect was shot dead and documents were stolen from his vehicle in an attack in which two other people died, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said.
The International Tribunal for Rwanda found two former military chiefs guilty of crimes in connection with the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and sympathetic Hutus were massacred in 100 days.
Gasto Ufiteumukinza spent 12 years in prison for murdering more than 30 people during the Rwandan genocide. Today, he lives among the families of those he killed, many of whom, he says, have forgiven him.