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Rwandan Genocide Court to Hear Cases Against Kabuga, Mpiranya

April 12 (Bloomberg) -- A United Nations court set up to prosecute suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide will start on May 16 examining evidence against two of the tribunal’s most-wanted men, said Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama.

The Arusha, Tanzania-based court will begin examining evidence against Felicien Kabuga and Protais Mpiranya who have both evaded arrest, Karugarama told reporters in Kigali today.

Kabuga was indicted by the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1997, and is accused of providing financial support for the genocide that saw about 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus killed in about 100 days.

Mpiranya, also one of the tribunal’s most wanted, was indicted in 2002 and stands accused of “participating in the planning, preparation and execution of a plan to exterminate the Tutsi population of Rwanda,” according to the court’s website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Heather Murdock in Kigali via Johannesburg at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.

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