Hundreds of students gathered in Paris today to show their support to a young man who was violently attacked by far-right activists in central Paris. Reports state that the young man has died as a result of his injuries.
A group of Rwandans accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide has appeared in court in London at the start of a second legal battle by four of them to avoid extradition to Kigali. The five were arrested last Thursday under warrants alleging genocide and related crimes during the 100-day massacre of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. They deny the charges. Emmanuel Nteziryayo, Charles Munyaneza and Celestin Ugirashebuja were all mayors of provincial Rwandan towns in 1994 and are accused of organizing massacres. Vincent Bajinya, who was a medical doctor in Kigali, is accused of inciting genocide during meetings at his house and organizing roadblocks where Tutsis were killed. All four were first arrested in Britain in December 2006 and held in prison until April 2009, when the London High Court freed them on the grounds that they would not receive a fair trial in Rwanda. A fifth suspect, Celestin Mutabaruka, was not involved in the earlier legal battle. They were remanded in custody until the next court hearing, scheduled for June 27.
Britain has agreed on a multi-million dollar compensation settlement for thousands of Kenyans tortured by colonial forces during an uprising at the tail end of the British Empire. Negotiations began after a London court ruled in October that three elderly Kenyans, who suffered castration, rape and beatings while in detention during a crackdown by British forces and their Kenyan allies in the 1950s, could sue Britain. Kenyan lawyer Paul Muite, an advisor to the Mau Mau veterans seeking compensation, told Reuters that they have agreed on an out-of-court settlement. Foreign Secretary William Hague is expected to announce compensation in the region of £14m in the Commons today.
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