Rwandans living in Zambia to testify in genocide trial

Four Rwandan witnesses currently living in Zambia have been lined up by a Finish Court to testify in the case involving Francois Bazaramba, a Rwandan genocide suspect currently being tried in Finland, according to the New Times of Rwanda

According to the Helsingin Sanomat, the witnesses are part of the more than 100 witnesses lined up by the Porvoo District court to testify against the former clergyman who has been in detention in Finland since 2007.

Bazaramba, 58, a former clergyman with the Baptist Church in Rwanda, is accused of masterminding the killing of over 25,000 people who were seeking refuge at Nyakizu Hill, in the Southern Province, during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Last year, officials of the Finish Court travelled to Rwanda to gather evidence against Bazaramba with the help of the National Public Prosecution Authority.

Bazaramba, who has lived in Finland for years, is on trial on charges of genocide, including committing 15 murders on top of masterminding the killing of 25,000 others under the pretext of protecting them.

During their investigation, Finnish authorities also travelled to Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Congo, Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa.

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