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The Rwandan genocide tribunal began yesterday in the north Tanzanian town of Arusha yesterday. Two years after allegedly playing leading roles in the killing of up to 1 million minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus, two men sat before a judge and jury as charges in the international tribunal were read out. A third is to appear in court today. All three were extradited from Zambia.

Georges Rutaganda, 37, an agricultural engineer and businessman, pleaded not guilty to eight counts of genocide and crimes against humanity. His indictment says he helped to kill a large number of Tutsis while men under his control also butchered Tutsis. His trial was adjourned to October after his Belgian lawyer said he had to visit Rwanda to gather more evidence. Jean Paul Akayesu, who was chief authority in a district where at least 2,000 Tutsis were murdered, has also pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. David Orr - Nairobi

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