The UN Security Council should halt trials by a tribunal prosecuting the masterminds of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide because it is biased, defense lawyers said on Feb. 27. Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered by troops and extremist Hutu militias during 100 days of carnage. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is trying government officials and military officers in power at the time. Defense lawyers say the court in northern Tanzania is ignoring serious allegations against Rwanda’s leader Paul Kagame whose Tutsi rebels invaded and were credited with halting the bloodshed. (Reuters)

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