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Mayor Charged in Rwanda Genocide Pleads Guilty

The former mayor of a Rwandan town has pleaded guilty to charges of aiding and abetting murder and extermination stemming from the country's 1994 genocide.

Paul Bisengimana entered the plea Wednesday as part of a deal with prosecutors at the U.N.-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

A tribunal statement says judges accepted the plea and convicted Bisengiama of the charges.

It says the judges dismissed counts of genocide, complicity in genocide, and rape, to which the defendant had pleaded not guilty.

Bisengimana was accused of having planned and participated in the killing of several thousand Tutsi civilans who had sought refuge in his town, Gikoro.

Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 minority Tutsis and their moderate Hutu supporters in Rwanda during the 1994 killing spree.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.