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Rwandan genocide defendant says he was 'ordinary citizen'

A former mayor of a small Rwandan town on Wednesday told a Paris court he was just “an ordinary citizen” who played no role in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Tito Barahira, 64, portrayed himself as a mild-mannered public servant who fled Kabarondo with his family on April 17, 1994, four days after hundreds of minority Tutsis were murdered at the town’s church. Barahira and his successor as mayor are accused of orchestrating “massive and systematic summary executions” during the genocide that claimed at least 800,000 lives, with their trial opening in Paris on Tuesday.

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