20 years on, France confronts Rwandan genocide

 Captain Pascal SimbikangwaThe first French trial of a Rwandan accused of involvement in the genocide of 1994 opened in Paris on Tuesday. The Rwandan justice minister called it a “positive sign”, while the plaintiffs hailed it as a “historic” event.

He appeared in the court room in his wheelchair.

54-year-old Pascal Simbikangwa (pictured, above), a paraplegic since 1986, is charged with complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity in Rwanda. He stands accused of inciting and organising the massacres, which resulted in 800,000 deaths in just 100 days, from April to July 1994.


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