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UN appeal judges toss out plan to set up procedure to hear evidence against Rwandan genocide suspect

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By MIKE CORDER
Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Appeals judges have thrown out a decision by a United Nations court to set up a procedure to hear evidence against an elderly Rwandan genocide suspect after he was declared unfit to face trial. Monday’s decision likely means that Félicien Kabuga’s trial, which started last year in The Hague, will never be completed. The appeals panel has acknowledged the decision will be a blow to victims and survivors of Rwanda’s genocide. Kabuga’s trial was halted in June because he has dementia and could not properly participate in the proceedings. He is accused of encouraging and bankrolling the mass killing of Rwanda’s Tutsi minority in 1994. The 100-day massacre left 800,000 dead.

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