Making his first appearance before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) today, a priest accused of participating in the country’s 1994 genocide pleaded not guilty to all four charges against him.Father Hormisdas Nsengimana, formerly a Rector of Christ-Roi College in Nyanza, Nyabisindu Commune in Butare Prefecture, is charged with four counts of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity for murder and extermination.The accused is alleged to have been among the organizers of the slaughter of Tutsis in Nyanza, Butare in 1994, playing a leading role in a group of killers called Les Dragons (The Dragons) or Escadron de la Mort (Death Squad). The two groups supposedly played a crucial role in the killing of Tutsis in and around the Christ-Roi College and in other parts of Butare Prefecture.According to the ICTR, Fr. Nsengimana, 48, is alleged to have told soldiers involved in the killings, “Let me kill this Tutsi dog myself, since I am sick and tired of him.” Then brandishing his weapon he allegedly screamed, “Let me kill and let me be proud of it, let me stop when my weapon kills five.”The accused is also alleged to have been instrumental in the killing of several Tutsi priests from his college. In one incident he allegedly gave some money to a young orphan to get information about the whereabouts of three Tutsi priests who had fled the College.After being informed of their whereabouts, Fr. Nsengimana and his group allegedly left the college accompanied by some soldiers, in search of the priests who were later killed.Fr. Nsengimana is also accused of embezzling assets of the college, including stealing a safe from the Bursar, Father Mathieu Ngirumpatse, before killing him. He is said to have stolen the clothes of his victims and looted their goods that he shared with his group.The accused was arrested on 21 March in Yaounde, Cameroon, and transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania on 10 April.
OPEC nears preliminary accord on oil production Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh attends the opening session of the 15th International Energy Forum Ministerial meeting in Algiers, Algeria, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. At meetings in Algeria this week, energy ministers from OPEC and other oil-producing countries are discussing whether to freeze production levels to boost global oil prices. (AP Photo/ Sidali Djarboub) by Aomar Ouali, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2016 2:08 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALGIERS, Algeria – OPEC countries neared agreement on a preliminary accord Wednesday to limit oil production and support oil prices, despite lingering disagreements between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.Officials from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet informally on the sidelines of an energy conference in Algiers to try to find common ground on how to support oil markets. Experts say that would require a decision to limit output — an idea Iran still views with skepticism, as it’s trying to restore its oil industry since emerging from international sanctions this year.Algerian officials said participants reached a “pre-accord” on production curbs to be finalized at an OPEC meeting in Vienna in November. Algeria’s prime minister is scheduled to provide details later Wednesday night. The officials were not authorized to be publicly named.Algerian officials shuttled through the night between delegations to try to secure agreement,Earlier, Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh played down the OPEC gathering, calling it “just a consultation meeting … If there is a decision, it should be taken at the next (OPEC) meeting in Vienna in November.”The price of crude oil has fallen sharply since mid-2014, when it was over $100 a barrel, dropping below $30 at the start of this year. On Wednesday, the U.S. contract was trading at $44.87 a barrel, up 20 cents on the day.Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer and Iran’s rival for power in the Middle East, appears to be more amenable to some sort of production limit, certainly more so than in April when OPEC failed to agree on measures to curb supplies.Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih has this week promised to “support any decision aimed at stabilizing the market.”Over the past couple of years, OPEC countries, led by Saudi Arabia, had been willing to let the oil price drop as a means of driving some U.S. shale oil and gas producers out of business. Shale oil and gas requires a higher price to break even.Those lower prices have hurt many oil-producing nations hard, particularly OPEC members Venezuela and Nigeria, but also Russia and Brazil.