THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- International Criminal Court judges have dismissed charges against a Rwandan rebel accused of involvement in the murder, rape and torture of Congolese villagers by a Hutu militia in 2009.
The judges on Friday ordered the release of Callixte Mbarushimana, saying there is not enough evidence to support the charges against him. It is possible prosecutors will appeal and seek to block his release.
Prosecutors had accused Mbarushimana of being a senior member of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which unleashed violence against civilians in the North and South Kivu provinces of Congo as a "bargaining tool" to win power.
If he is freed, Mbarushimana would be the first suspect released from ICC custody since the court's inception in 2002.
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