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Rwanda's biggest genocide trial convicts over 100, 11 get death penalty

A Rwandan court convicted 105 people of involvement in the central African country’s 1994 genocide, with 11 of them getting the death penalty, while survivors remained divided over whether justice had been done. Victims’ relatives and survivors attended the redbrick court in this southern town to hear the verdict being handed down, as 73 genocide perpetrators dressed in pink prison uniforms were sentenced to life imprisonment, others to prison sentences of up to 25 years. In the biggest such trial to date, a further 37 of the total of 142 were acquitted, some of them after having spent nine years in detention awaiting trial. After two days listening to the charges, the accused stood silently as the verdicts were handed down. Murmurs came from the public gallery as the acquittals were announced. Full Story

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