France puts ex-policeman on trial over Rwanda genocide
14 May 2023 | 7:13 am
The trial has opened of a suspect in the Rwandan genocide who fled to France. Former military policeman Philippe Hategekimana allegedly set up roadblocks to identify ethnic Tutsis, who would be murdered.
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