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Wednesday, May 12, 1999 Published at 11:50 GMT 12:50 UK


World: Africa

Rwanda genocide adjournment


A court in Tanzania has adjourned an extradition hearing against one of the suspects in the murder of the Rwandan Prime Minister, which preceded the genocide in 1994.

A magistrate gave the former Rwandan army major, Bernard Ntuyahaga, five days to find a lawyer and an interpreter.

He's accused by the Rwandan authorities of involvement in the killing of the Prime Minister, Agathe Uwilingiyimana, and ten Belgian peacekeepers.

Last year he surrendered to the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which sits in Tanzania, and can impose a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The Rwandan courts have handed down more than a-thousand death sentences to those involved in the slaughter of the Tutsis.

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