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2,000 Confessions Reported in Genocide

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May 16, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

Attempting to avoid being executed, about 2,000 prisoners have confessed to taking part in the Hutu-orchestrated slaughter of more than 800,000 people, the Justice Ministry said. On April 24, firing squads executed 22 Rwandans, among the first convicted of genocide in the massacre of minority Tutsis and a smaller number of moderate Hutus. Under the law, defendants who confess are eligible for reduced sentences.

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