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Italy-based priest linked to genocide

The UK-based organisation African Rights has called on the Catholic Church and the ICTR to investigate an Italy-based Rwandan priest, who, it said played a key role in the 1994 genocide. In a report released on Monday, African Rights charged that Father Athanase Seromba, 36, took an active part in organising and carrying out the massacre of between 2,000-2,500 Tutsis at the Nyange parish in Kibuye prefecture. Seromba, now a parish priest in Florence, also shot refugees who tried to escape, and he arranged and paid for the church to be bulldozed, “causing almost all of them to be crushed to death”, the report said. “The grounds for his arrest and prosecution are beyond question,” it said. Seromba has denied involvement in the genocide, Reuters reported on Sunday. ICTR spokesman Kingsley Moghalu said on Monday he could not comment on whether or not the Tribunal had investigated Seromba.

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