Saturday, 2 June 2012

Rwanda : Mungwarere’s genocide case begins in Canada

Rwanda An artistic  impression of Jacques Mungwarere in an Ottawa courtroom
An artistic  impression of Jacques Mungwarere in an Ottawa courtroom
 Jacque Mungwarere’s genocide case, the second in a row to be tried under Canada’s Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act opened in on Monday.
The Act was introduced in 2000 and allows for prosecution no matter where or when an alleged war crime or crime against humanity may have been committed. The first person prosecuted under the act is Desire Munyaneza, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2009.
Mungwarere is a former schoolteacher accused of participating in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. At the opening of the hearing of the man who was arrested in 2009, he pleaded not guilty.
The former school teacher is alleged to have led and participated in mass killings of civilians, including notorious massacres in two churches and a hospital in Kibuye, in western Rwanda.
The Genocide against the Tutsi claimed more than 1 million people during a 100-day period from April 1994.
Mungwarere was tracked from early 2003 after being recognised by a childhood friend from Rwanda on a city bus in Windsor, where he settled after immigrating to Canada in 1998.
The prosecution in Canada said it would call upon several witnesses who claim they saw Mungwawere take part in an attack on a hospital where Tutsis had sought shelter.


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