Paris prosecutor calls for life in Rwanda genocide case

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Paris - The prosecutor of a special Paris court set up to try Rwandan genocide suspects called for life sentences on Monday against two former mayors accused of taking part in the mass murder of Tutsis.

Winding up a two-month trial, prosecutor Philippe Courroye accused Octavien Ngenzi, 58, of acting as a "leader" and Tito Barahira, 65, of "wielding a machete" in the April 1994 bloodbath.

The two - former mayors of the small town of Kabarondo - are accused of participating in "massive and systematic summary executions".

At least 800 000 people, most of them minority Tutsis, were slaughtered across Rwanda after the death of the Hutu head of state, Juvenal Habyarimana, on April 6 1994.

More than 2 000 people were killed in a single day in Kabarondo, hundreds of them in the town church where they had taken refuge.

It is the second trial for crimes against humanity and genocide by the special Paris court set up to prosecute Rwandan genocide suspects who fled to France.

A verdict in the trial is expected on Wednesday following arguments by defence counsel on Tuesday.

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