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Rwandan genocide suspect brands case against him ‘lies’

RWANDAN genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga has denied the charges against him, telling a French court on Wednesday that the United Nations prosecutors’ case was lies.

Mr Kabuga was arrested in Paris earlier this month after more than two decades on the run. UN prosecutors have charged him with genocide and incitement to commit genocide.

He is accused of bankrolling and arming the ethnic Hutu militias which killed 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus over a 100-day period in 1994.

But he rejected the charges yesterday, telling a Paris appeal court: “All of this is lies. I have not killed any Tutsis. I was working with them.”

Judges are set to decide whether to extradite Mr Kubuga to The Hague for trial by an international tribunal.

Defence lawyer Laurent Bayon appealed on health grounds for his client to be released under court supervision and tried in France.

“This court is just saying ‘go and get judged elsewhere, but not here’. It wants to hand him over him without consideration for his age and health, which could have irreversible consequences,” Mr Bayon said.

The court refused the appeal and is set to rule on his extradition.

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