Rwanda charges Belgian missionary with inciting 1994 genocide

[JURIST] A nine-judge panel in Rwanda charged Belgian Catholic priest Guy Theunis Sunday with inciting and planning the 1994 genocide that killed more than 500,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Theunis was the first foreigner to appear before community "gacaca" courts [official website], which were established to investigate more than 760,000 people believed to have been involved in the 100-day massacre [Wikipedia backgrounder]. The community court transferred the case to the more serious conventional court, where Theunis may face the death penalty if convicted. Theunis, who was arrested last week [Reuters report], is the former editor of Rwandan periodical Le Dialogue and is accused of inciting genocide by reprinting articles from Kangura, a newspaper that advocated the slaughter of Tutsis. Theunis maintains that he "never republished articles from Kangura, but just translated as part of a press review." AP has more.



 

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