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Belgian priest arrested on Rwanda genocide charges


CLICK HERECatholic World News reports that Fr Guy Theunis, who had worked as a missionary in Rwanda from 1970 until 1994, was arrested at the airport in the country's capital, Kigali. He was reportedly in transit to the Democratic Republic of Congo when he was taken into custody.

Rwandan prosecutor Emmanuel Rukangira said that the Belgian priest had provoked Rwandans toward genocide by republishing articles from an extremist publication in his Dialogue magazine. The editor of those articles, Hassan Ngeze, has already been sentenced to life imprisonment by the UN tribunal investigating the Rwandan atrocities.

Many Catholic priests and religious have been charged with participation in the slaughter of 1994, in which 800,000 members of the minority Tutsi ethnic group were killed along with more moderate members of the majority Hutu tribe. Rwanda, a former Belgian colony, is heavily Catholic, and Tutsis flocked to Church properties in an effort-- often unsuccessful-- to escape the massacres.

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Belgian priest arrested on Rwanda genocide charges (Catholic World News 8/9/05)

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9 Sep 2005