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Trial Opens for Four Charged in Genocide

April 03, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The trial of four former Rwandan army officials charged with masterminding the 1994 massacre of more than 800,000 people opened with U.N. prosecutors accusing the officials of unleashing "a legion of ferocious demons" on the victims.

Col. Theoneste Bagosora faces 12 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and rape for his role as the army chief of staff. He and co-defendants Lt. Col. Anatole Nsengiyumva, Maj. Aloys Ntabakuze and Brig. Gen. Gratien Kabiligi have all pleaded innocent. Nsengiyumva is charged with 11 counts and Ntabakuze and Kabiligi with 10 counts each.

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