Rwandan general arrested on genocide charges

[JURIST] Rwandan Army Major-General Laurent Munyakazi has been arrested on charges relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder], a court official said Tuesday. Munyakazi's arrest was ordered by a local gacaca court [Wikipedia backgrounder], a community-based court comprised largely of untrained citizens, and is the first time an officer of such seniority has been detained by a gacaca court in the ongoing efforts to identify victims and perpetrators of the genocide. Munyakazi is considered a "first category" genocide perpetrator, meaning that he is thought to have planned some of the killings, but is also suspected of intimidating witnesses and attempting to tamper with evidence. BBC News has more.

 

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