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Rwanda: Former Official to Be Tried for Genocide

(Mar. 2, 2008) Callixte Nzabonimana, who had been Minister of Youth and Sports in Rwanda in 1994, was arrested on February 19, 2008, in Kigoma, Tanzania. He was sent the next day to Arusha, the location of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), where he will be tried for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Nzabonimana is facing 11 charges, including genocide, inciting others to commit genocide, and conspiracy to commit genocide, and has entered a plea of not guilty before Judge Dennis Bryan of the ICTR. The charges stem from his role in an alleged plot to carry out mass killings of the Tutsi ethnic group and murders of opposition political leaders. About 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in just 100 days in April 1994. The ICTR was established by the United Nations Security Council in the same year with the mandate of trying those responsible for the crimes. (Ex-Minister in Rwanda Arrested and Brought Before UN Genocide Tribunal, UN NEWS, Feb. 19, 2008, & Rwandan Ex-Minister Pleads Not Guilty to 11 Charges before UN Genocide Tribunal, UN NEWS, Feb. 21, 2008, both from [email protected].)