Norway Tries One, Extradites Another in Rwandan Genocide Charges

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Saturday, December 1, 2012
Sara Hefny


September 25th, 2012 marked Norway’s first ever genocide proceeding as Sadi Bugingo, 47, stood trial for charges related to the attacks against Tutsi civilians who sought refuge in St. Joseph Catholic center and municipal building in Kibungo, Rwanda.[2] These attacks took place in Rwanda during the 100-day massacre of more than 800,000 people in April 1994.
He is charged with planning and leading the attacks in Kibungo, though he is not accused of actually committing murder.[3]
Bugingo, a former businessman, has lived in Norway since 2002 and was tracked down by Rwandan prosecutors who chose not to have him extradited, after reassurance from the Norwegian government that they had resources to carry out the trial.[4]