Finland opens Rwanda genocide trial

Former pastor goes on trial over the killing of 5,000 Tutsis in Hutu-led massacres.

    Francois Bazaramba, a former pastor, could face life in prison if found guilty

    'Important responsibility'

    The Nordic countries have been promoting the development of an international criminal order, that there should be an end to impunity.

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    "This is significant. It's important that Finland has taken this responsibility."

    The trial, in the Porvoo District court, will be moved to Kigali, the Rwandan capital, after two weeks in order to hear from witnesses.

    The case, which is expected to last until the end of the year, comes as work carried out by the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) draws to a close.

    The court, set up in 1997 to try the masterminds of the massacres, had until last year to complete all trials, and has until 2010 to hear all appeals.

    Around 800,000 people died in a just a few months in Rwanda in 1994 when the majority Hutus began the slaughter of rival Tutsis and anyone who supported or helped them.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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