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    First Genocide Conviction for 1994 Rwanda Massacre

    Well talk about the wheels of justice turning slowly....

    French court hands down first sentence for Rwandan genocide
    15 MAR 2014 13:11 SAPA

    A former Rwandan army captain is being sentenced to 25 years in prison over the 1994 genocide, weeks before its 20th anniversary.

    In the first trial of its kind in France, Pascal Simbikangwa, a 54-year-old former member of the Rwandan presidential guard, was found guilty of perpetrating genocide and of complicity in crimes against humanity.

    Rwanda has long accused France of being reluctant to either extradite or prosecute Rwandans accused of having taken part in the 1994 genocide, in which an estimated 800 000 people, essentially Tutsis, were killed.

    "The Simbikangwa judgement is a milestone for justice for perpetrators of the 1994 genocide," Rwanda's Justice Minister Johnston Busingye told AFP. "More particularly it is a redeemer of the French legal and judicial system, which had become synonymous with shielding genocide suspects from justice," he said, noting that there are a "few dozen indictments" sitting in the French justice system.

    "Whether this trial was symbolic will be tested in the weeks and months ahead by what happens to those files," Busingye said. Sapa
    French court hands down first sentence for Rwandan genocide | Africa | Africa | Mail & Guardian

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Rwanda has long accused France of being reluctant to either extradite or prosecute Rwandans accused of having taken part in the 1994 genocide
    so they wait for an outside country to take care of their mess?

    let me get this straight.... they struggle for years to be free of colonial rule... they get it... they butcher each other... and then get pissy at the former colonial power for not cleaning up their mess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pound Hound
    let me get this straight.... they struggle for years to be free of colonial rule
    No. There was no struggle. There was a referendum.
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    they butcher each other
    Yes. Always have done, since long before whitey arrived.
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    and then get pissy at the former colonial power for not cleaning up their mess?
    No. Germany and Belgium are the former imperial powers in Rwanda.
    Last edited by DrB0b; 25-03-2014 at 12:11 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pound Hound View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Rwanda has long accused France of being reluctant to either extradite or prosecute Rwandans accused of having taken part in the 1994 genocide
    so they wait for an outside country to take care of their mess?

    let me get this straight.... they struggle for years to be free of colonial rule... they get it... they butcher each other... and then get pissy at the former colonial power for not cleaning up their mess?
    Ain't post-imperialism fun?

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    I first heard about this on the BBC World service, it took a week before the story made it to the local BBC news stations.

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    Thought it was france and belguim, they spoke french and there relationship soured when francios mitterand was accused of being involved in the genocide?


    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Pound Hound
    let me get this straight.... they struggle for years to be free of colonial rule
    No. There was no struggle. There was a referendum.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pound Hound
    they butcher each other
    Yes. Always have done, since long before whitey arrived.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pound Hound
    and then get pissy at the former colonial power for not cleaning up their mess?
    No. Germany and Belgium are the former imperial powers in Rwanda.

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