After 22 years on the run, a suspect in the Rwandan genocide appears in court holding a Bible

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Charles Twagira was arrested on June 2nd at a refugee camp in neighbouring Congo and appeared in court on June 8th in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. He was charged with involvement in the 1994 genocide that left up to 800,000 people dead. Twagira was arrested 22 years after the genocide, during which he had been on the run. He appeared in court holding a Bible, and prosecutors said he was a “high-ranking commander” of the Interahamwe militia, which was accused of carrying out some of the worst atrocities. Twagira pleaded not guilty to all charges, claiming he had “no knowledge” of any killings. He will continue to be held in custody for the duration of the trial.