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U.S. Court Asked to Revive Suit in Rwanda Deaths (Dec 30, 2011)

DENVER (AP) - A federal court in Denver has been asked to revive a lawsuit accusing the current president of Rwanda of ordering the 1994 deaths of the leaders of Rwanda and Burundi.

A lower court dismissed the lawsuit in October, saying President Paul Kagame has immunity because he's a head of state. The appeal was filed last month. It was reported Friday by The Denver Post.

The lawsuit was brought by the men's widows under a U.S. statute allowing people alleging violations of international law to sue in the United States. It was filed last year in Oklahoma on the day Kagame was speaking at a university in Oklahoma City.

Kagame has denied involvement in the assassinations, which triggered violence that led to the massacre of about 500,000 people.


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