Trial to start for the men who organised genocide

Four prominent Rwandans accused of genocide will appear in court in Tanzania for the first time on 19 and 20 February, the UN tribunal said yesterday.

Theoneste Bagosora, a former colonel in the Hutu Rwandan army, was widely regarded as the most wanted suspect until he was extradited from jail in Cameroon to Arusha on 23 January. A cabinet director in Rwanda's defence ministry at the time of the 1994 genocide, he is accused of directing events in the first days of the mass slaughter of some 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis. Anatole Nsengiyumva is a former lieutenant-colonel. Andre Ntagerura is a former minister of transport and Ferdinand Nahimana is former director of Radio Mille Collines, which fanned ethnic hatred. Reuters - Arusha