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Rwandan rebel says he is innocent of Congo crimes

 FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2009 file photo Rwandan Callixte Mbarushimana is seen during an interview with The Associated Press in Paris, France. The Int...
 FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2009 file photo Rwandan Callixte Mbarushimana is seen during an interview with The Associated Press in Paris, France. The Int...

Netherlands War Crimes Congo

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2009 file photo Rwandan Callixte Mbarushimana is seen during an interview with The Associated Press in Paris, France. The Int...

Netherlands War Crimes Congo

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2009 file photo Rwandan Callixte Mbarushimana is seen during an interview with The Associated Press in Paris, France. The Int...

A Rwandan rebel has told international war crimes judges that he was not involved in an alleged murderous 2009 campaign for power in Congo.
Callixte Mbarushimana has made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court since he was handed over by French authorities Tuesday. He was arrested in Paris last October.
Mbarushimana, leader of the Hutu rebel group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, is accused of 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes by FDLR rebels, including murder, rape, persecution based on gender, and extensive destruction of property.
He was not required to enter a plea on Friday. But he told the judges he was "in no way involved" in any of the crimes and asked them to release him pending further hearings.


Updated : 2021-07-30 22:50 GMT+08:00