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Rwandan Genocide: Two Suspects to be Tried in Paris over Genocide Crimes

It was not until twenty years before France finally decided to try one of the actors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, refugees on its territory.

French soldiers from Operation Turquoise arriving at a village near Butare, 3 July 1994.

The "captain" Pascal Simbikangwa was then sentenced to twenty five years in prison after a trial described as historic, not so much because of the importance of the accused in this great criminal conspiracy because it was a legal first in France.

Tuesday, May 10, the Assize Court of Paris will open a new folder. That Octavian Ngenzi and Tito Barahira, both accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for the massacres of Tutsi committed in Kibungo, eastern Rwanda, close to the border Tanzanian.

Another facet of the drama.

Simbikangwa in the trial, the Rwandan capital, Kigali, epicenter of the Hutu regime and genocide, was the murderer theater.

From Tuesday until 1 July, the judges of the pole "genocide and crimes against humanity" in Paris will discuss another facet of the drama.

What the researcher Thierry Cruvellier, in his book, The Court of the vanquished (Calmann-Levy, 2006), calls "trial of the hills, as we might call the business dealing with the genocide in rural areas."

By Robert Muriisa.

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