Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Rwandans Get Some Justice

Two Half-brothers Etienne Nzabonimana, 53, and Samuel Ndashyikirwa, 43, were convicted by the court in Brussels today, marking the first of hopefully many prosecutions for the 1994 genocide that killed over 800,000 people.

According to the BBC:
The pair, who will be sentenced after a further hearing, denied charges of helping extremist Hutu militia massacre some 50,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. They were tried under a Belgian law allowing trials for war crimes, even when committed by foreigners elsewhere.

Prosecutors said the two businessmen provided weapons, vehicles and beer for militias in Rwanda's south-eastern Kibungo region during the April killings. Dozens of Rwandans testified against the two men.


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