The landmark trial of a former Rwandan army captain charged with complicity in the genocide that left 800,000 dead opened Tuesday in Paris, the first of its kind in France. Simbikangwa is accused of inciting, organizing and aiding massacres during the genocide, particularly by supplying arms and instructions to militia who were manning road blocks and killing Tutsi men, women and children. He denies all the charges against him. He is being held in France on trial based on a French law that permits courts to consider cases of genocide or crimes against humanity committed in other countries. Rwandan Justice Minister Johnston Busingye welcomed the opening of the trial said it is history being made.
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