United Nations prosecutors have asked that a former Rwandan official accused of genocide be transferred to Norway for trial.

Michel Bagaragaza is charged with arming a militia that killed hundreds of minority Tutsis in the 1994 genocide, including people hiding in a cathedral.

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda hope to transfer some genocide cases to Europe in order to ease the court's caseload.

Norway has agreed to try Bagaragaza.  But judges at the Tanzania-based tribunal first must approve the transfer.

Bagaragaza, who pleads not guilty, has agreed to stand trial in Norway, where genocide is not listed as a crime.  He would likely be tried in Norway as an accessory to homicide, which carries a maximum prison term of 21 years.

Rwanda's representative to the tribunal, Alloys Mutabingwa, says for that reason, a transfer to Norway is "unacceptable."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.