French trial for Rwandan genocide suspect postponed to 2021

The genocide trial of a French-Rwandan former hotel driver, scheduled for September in Paris, has been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Claude Muhayimana, formerly a driver at a hotel on Lake Kivu in western Rwanda, is accused of transporting Hutu militiamen to sites where massacres were carried out.

His trial -the third in France over the 1994 Rwandan genocide will now take place from February 2 to 26 2021, sources said.

Muhayimana faces charges of complicity in genocide and aiding crimes against humanity.

Muhayimana fled to France after the genocide and obtained French nationality in 2010.

In 2014, he was arrested in the northern city of Rouen after a year-long investigation triggered by a complaint from the Collective of Civilian Parties for Rwanda which represents victims.

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