Canadian court acquits man of genocide charges

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Associated Press

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 9:04 AM

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Rwandan man who came to Canada in 2001 as a refugee after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has been acquitted on charges that he participated in the very genocide that he fled.

Jacques Mungwarere was acquitted Friday on one count of genocide by murder and on one count of crimes against humanity by murder.

He was arrested in 2009 in Windsor, Ontario, and accused of participating in a massacre of Tutsis in the region of Kibuye.

He claimed the accusations against him were fabricated. His lawyer argued that Mungwarere was fingered as a potential murderer after he agreed to testify for the defense at the trial of another Rwandan in the United States.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Michel Charbonneau ruled Friday that the defense raised a reasonable doubt.

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