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Rwandan Rebels to Face Charges in U.S. Over Murders

Three Rwandan rebel group members have been arrested and will face charges in the United States for the brutal 1999 murder of two American tourists in Uganda, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. Francois Karake, 38, Gregoire Nyaminani, 32, and Leonidas Bimenyimana, 34, all Rwandan nationals and members of Liberation Army of Rwanda, were arrested after their indictment last week for committing the murders in a national park in southwestern Uganda, department officials said. They said the defendants were taken from Rwanda on Saturday and flown to Puerto Rico, where they are scheduled to have a court hearing on Monday before they can be sent to face the charges in Washington, D.C. The four-count indictment, unsealed on Monday charged the defendants with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and using a firearm during a crime of violence that causes death. Three charges carry the death penalty while the fourth has a maximum punishment of life in prison. The charges were announced as Rwandan President Paul Kagame began a four-day visit in Washington. The conspiracy charged in the indictment dated back to February 1999, when rebel group members allegedly conducted surveillance of a campsite in the park to determine the presence of English-speaking tourists, the officials said. Full Story

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