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Belgian Court Convicts Two Rwandan Businessmen in Connection with 1994 Genocide

A Belgian court has convicted two Rwandan businessmen of war crimes for their roles in the 1994 genocide that took hundreds of thousands of lives in the central African nation.

The jury returned its verdicts late Tuesday against Etienne Nzabonimana and his half-brother Samuel Ndashyikirwa, charged with aiding and abetting the slaughter of Tutsies and moderate Hutus. The pair are expected to be sentenced later Wednesday.

The two men had insisted they were innocent throughout the trial.

The trial was held under a controversial law which allows Belgium to try accused war criminals even if the alleged crimes did not occur in Belgium and did not involve Belgians.

In 2001, four other people were convicted for convicted for their roles in the 1994 genocide.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.