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Rwanda Opens Biggest Phase of Mass Genocide Trials

Rwanda launched the biggest phase yet of a scheme to try up to a million people suspected of involvement in its 1994 genocide, opening hearings Monday at traditional village courts around the country. An eighth of the population are expected to be tried in the traditional “gacaca” hearings, which the government says are the only way of handling the vast numbers of people suspected of participating in the massacres of 800,000 people. Preliminary hearings have already begun at some 751 gacaca courts as a pilot exercise, but Monday the scheme was due to be extended to another 8,262 courts across the country, Rwandan government officials said. Full Story

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