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Rwanda: Gacaca courts closure delayed again

Kigali: The gacaca grass-roots courts that have judged more than one million people suspected of taking part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide will close later than announced, the Gacaca Secretariat announced, as the country starts a seven-day national mourning period.

“We expected the cases we were hearing would have been finished in March, but it was not so,” Denis Bikesha, an official at Rwanda’s gacaca department is reported to have said.

As of March 15, the gacaca courts, based on the age-old concept of a village council, still had some 560 cases outstanding, he said.

Earlier this year Bikesha had said he expected the whole process to be completed by the end of March.

This is the third delay as officials scramble for what to do with cases that continue to arise.


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