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Norway to try Rwanda genocide suspect: UN court

Norway has agreed to put on trial a former Rwandan official accused of ordering the killing of hundreds of Tutsis hiding in a cathedral during the 1994 genocide, a U.N. court said on Thursday. Proceedings against Michel Bagaragaza would make Norway the second country outside Africa — with Belgium — to take legal proceedings against a Rwandan genocide suspect, diplomats said. “I can confirm that Norway has accepted,” Alex Obote Odora, a senior official at the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), told Reuters. Bagaragaza, who gave himself up last August, was facing three genocide counts at the backlogged court in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, set up to try suspected ringleaders of the 1994 slaughter of some 800,000 people. He has pleaded not guilty. Full Story

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