Rwanda releases thousands of prisoners, including most genocide suspects

[JURIST] Rwandan authorities have begun releasing 36,000 inmates, the majority of whom have confessed to taking part in the country's 1994 genocide [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The cabinet approved the provisional mass release [JURIST report] on Wednesday in a bid to free up the country's overcrowded jails, which are past capacity with more than 80,000 inmates. According to Rwanda's Prosecutor General, those being released are mostly the elderly, those under 18 at the time of the genocide, and those who have have been detained for many years. The release, however, is not an amnesty; those freed may still face charges in local courts. Reuters has more.

 

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