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Rwanda ex-spy chief tried in Paris on genocide charges

5 February 2014 Last updated at 00:08 GMT

A French court has begun hearing the landmark trial of a former Rwandan intelligence chief charged with complicity in the 1994 genocide.

Pascal Simbikangwa, who is paraplegic after a car crash, was arrested in 2008 while living under an alias on France's Indian Ocean island of Mayotte.

His lawyers argue that he is being made a scapegoat for the killings.

Hundreds of thousands of Rwandans perished over 100 days in 1994.

Emily Buchanan reports.