Court charges Rwandan officers with genocide

7th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Spanish High Court on Wednesday charged 40 high-ranking Rwandan army officers with genocide and crimes against humanity.

7 February 2008

MADRID - The Spanish High Court on Wednesday charged 40 high-ranking Rwandan army officers with genocide and crimes against humanity, alleging that they had participated in the slaughter of four million of their fellow countrymen during the 1990s.

Judge Fernando Andreu said warrants would be issued for the arrest of the suspects, who include several key officials in the Rwandan government of President Paul Kagame as well as the country's ambassador to India and a military attaché at its embassy in Washington. The prosecution stems from an investigation initiated by the High Court in 2005 into the deaths of nine Spanish aid workers during the ethnic violence that tore across Rwanda beginning in 1994.

Spanish courts claim the power to prosecute crimes against humanity committed anywhere in the world.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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