France opens landmark Rwanda trial

Feb 04, 2014, 5:08 AM EST
A Tsutsi man from Jomba near Bunagana, who stayed behind after it's residents fled to Uganda and Rwanda after the defeat of the M23 rebels, poses on November 6, 2013 in Rutshuru, near Bunagana.
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A French court has begun hearing the landmark trial of a former Rwandan intelligence chief charged with complicity in the 1994 genocide. Pascal Simbikangwa, who is wheel-chair bound, was arrested in 2008 when he was living under an alias on France's Indian Ocean island of Mayotte. He denies all of the charges. France has come under criticism for its slow exercise of justice after the killing of hundreds of thousands of Rwandans over 100 days in 1994.

Background:

Rwanda ex-spy chief tried in Paris on genocide charges [BBC]

France holds up mirror in Rwanda genocide trial [TVNZ]

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