Rwanda puts genocide tribunal's legacy under the spotlight

February 8, 2013 18:19


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KIGALI - The UN-backed war-crimes court trying chief Rwandan genocide suspects risks going down as a $1 billion white elephant, Rwandan officials and a survivors group said after the court overturned the conviction of two former ministers.

Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga warned people in Rwanda, a country ripped apart along its ethnic seams by the 1994 massacre, were in "serious disagreement" after the tribunal quashed 30-year jail terms handed down to the ex-politicians.One genocide survivors' group said the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) appeared to be slowly liberating convicted members of the then-government.

More than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during a three-month killing spree by Hutu extremists that followed the fatal downing of a plane carrying President Juvenal Habyarimana.

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