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UN Court Begins Genocide Case Against Rwandan Musician


A U.N. court begins hearing testimony Monday in the case of a well-known Rwandan musician accused of using his music to spread ethnic hatred during the country's 1994 genocide.

Simon Bikindi, a musician and former official in Rwanda's Ministry of Youth and Sports, faces six counts of genocide from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges from the Tanzania-based court.

Prosecutors say Bikindi composed and recorded songs that encouraged Hutus to kill Tutsis. They say he consulted with former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana over song lyrics before passing them on to a privately owned station that broadcast anti-Tutsi propaganda.

Bikindi was arrested in the Netherlands in 2001.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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