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Genocide suspect pleads not guilty

September 29, 2009|Times Wire Reports

One of the most wanted suspects in Rwanda's 1994 genocide pleaded not guilty to crimes against humanity at a U.N. tribunal in Tanzania trying the alleged masterminds of the slaughter.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has charged Gregoire Ndahimana with being responsible for the deaths of about 2,000 Tutsis, most of whom died when bulldozers knocked down the church where they had sought refuge in the western Rwandan town of Kibuye.

Ndahimana, a former mayor, had been on the run for 15 years before he was captured in August in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He had a $5-million bounty on his head, but no one has claimed the reward. The tribunal later will set a date for Ndahimana's trial.

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