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Rwandan priest acquitted

2010-03-23 20:03

Arusha - A Rwandan Catholic priest acquitted of genocide by a UN-backed tribunal has been transferred to Italy, the court said on Tuesday.

Father Hormisdas Nsengimana was acquitted of genocide, assassination and extermination charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in November for lack of evidence.

"After fruitful diplomatic engagement between the ICTR and Italy's embassy in Tanzania, Father Hormisdas Nsengimana was allowed to go to Italy where he arrived on Tuesday morning accompanied by his lawyer," tribunal spokesperson Roland Amoussouga said.

"Father Nsengimana will continue with his pastoral duties in a northern Italian parish," Amoussouga added.

The priest was accused of supervising the killing of Tutsis at a school he headed during the 1994 genocide.

Nsengimana is one of four Catholic priests to have been accused by the Tanzania-based court of involvement in the Rwandan genocide.