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Feb 5, 2013 12:30 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Rwanda dismayed by genocide court acquittals

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) - Rwanda is expressing dismay over the decision of the International Criminal Tribunal to acquit two former Cabinet ministers on genocide charges.

Rwanda's Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga on Tuesday said that the acquittals were wrong and disappointing.

The appeals chamber of the Arusha-based tribunal on Monday overturned 30-year sentences handed down to Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza, who were both Cabinet ministers at the time of Rwanda's 1994 genocide. The appeals chamber ordered their immediate release.

The duo had been convicted to 30 years in September 2011 after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit genocide and inciting the public to commit genocide.

More than 500,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus died in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

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