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Rwanda Arrests Army Officers for Roles in 1994 Genocide


The Rwandan government has arrested four army officers on war crimes charges for their alleged roles in the deaths of 13 clergymen during the nation's 1994 genocide.

A statement from Rwanda's Defense Ministry Thursday says the officers were arrested Wednesday following a joint investigation by the government and the U.N.-sponsored International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

The four officers are members of the Tutsi-led Rwanda's Patriotic Army, which fought against the former Hutu-led government to end the 1994 genocide and then took power in the country.

The statement says the four are to be tried in military court for their roles in the deaths of the clergymen, who included an archbishop and several bishops.

Hutu extremists killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus during the 1994 genocide.

The Rwandan military says it has prosecuted 43 soldiers accused of war crimes and revenge killings in its military courts since 1994.

The United Nations set up the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to try the most high-profile genocide cases. So far, the Tanzania-based court has convicted some 30 people and acquitted five. The court's mandate calls for it to finish all trials by the end of this year.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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