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France charges Rwandan man over genocide


A Rwandan man detained in France for his suspected involvement in the country's 1994 genocide was charged Thursday with committing crimes against humanity and genocide, judicial sources told AFP.

Tito Barahira, the former mayor of Kabarondo in central Rwanda, is suspected of having played a key role in the massacre of Tutsis in the town's church.

He was detained Wednesday in the French city of Toulouse, just days after a French court for the first time ordered a Rwandan, former army captain Pascal Simbikangwa, to face trial over the genocide, which saw some 800,000 killed.

France has always refused to extradite genocide suspects detained in the country to Rwanda, fearing they would be denied a fair trial, but has sent some to Tanzania to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

But in January 2012, it set up a special unit to try cases of genocide and crimes against humanity involving suspects detained in France.

Aged between 50 and 60, Barahira was detained on Wednesday in France's southwest, where he reportedly lived on his own, without a job.

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda saw mostly ethnic Tutsis killed over a period of three months.