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Rwanda Genocide Trial Kicks Off In French Court

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February 04, 2014 AT 7:35 AM
Twenty years after the Rwanda genocide, France opened its first trial against 54-year-old Pascal Simbikangwa, a suspected accomplice in the massacre that killed 800,000 people, accusing a former intelligence chief of crimes against humanity. Simbikangwa appeared in a Paris court on Tuesday on the first day of the long-awaited trial, in which more than 50 prosecution witnesses are expected to describe the ex-soldier's alleged role in arming and directing Hutu killers. Human rights activists and journalists from Rwanda crowded the chamber to follow the trial. Simbikangwa denies the charges brought against him. Alain Gauthier, co-founder of a Rwanda victims' group that is party to the case, told journalists, "We're not here in our own name, but in the name of the million victims who were exterminated in Rwanda in 1994."