Rwanda to Charge U.S. Lawyer with Genocide Denial

Published October 21, 2010

ARUSHA, Tanzania – Rwanda's top prosecutor wants an American professor to appear in a Rwandan court on charges of genocide denial.

Martin Ngoga says Peter Erlinder will be charged with denying Rwanda's genocide. Erlinder, a law professor at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, was arrested in May and was granted bail in June. Ngoga made his remarks in Arusha, Tanzania, where the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda is based.

More than 500,000 Rwandans, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were massacred by Hutus during the 1994 genocide. Erlinder contends it's inaccurate to blame one side. He believes Rwandan authorities intended to make him disappear when he was arrested but his contact with a U.S. diplomat saved him.

Written by Associated Press

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