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04.02.2014 Rwanda

Landmark Rwanda genocide trial opens in France

By AFP
An undated picture released by Interpol shows Pascal Simbikangwa, a former Rwandan army captain arrested on the French island of Mayotte in 2008.  By Ho (INTERPOL/AFP)
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An undated picture released by Interpol shows Pascal Simbikangwa, a former Rwandan army captain arrested on the French island of Mayotte in 2008. By Ho (INTERPOL/AFP)

Paris (AFP) - The landmark trial of a former Rwandan army captain charged with complicity in the 1994 genocide kicked off in Paris on Tuesday, the first of its kind in France.

Pascal Simbikangwa, who denies the accusations against him, appeared in court in a wheelchair after a 1986 accident that left him disabled. He faces life in prison.

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