There were only thirty-six judges left, together with fourteen prosecutors, of whom only three had any sort of legal training. In February 1995 in the central jail of Kigali, only 1,498 out of 6,795 detainees had had a chance of seeing a magistrate at any point since their arrest. Most prisoners' files were empty or nonexistent. But trying to free even innocent prisoners was a perilous activity. In October 1994, when Judge Gratien Ruhorahoza attempted to free forty people who had no files, he was kidnapped by the military and later murdered. Twenty six of the 270 magistrates left after the genocide (out of about 800) were arrested as genocidaires when they tried freeing detainees they considered innocent. The Liberation Commissionc created by the Justice Ministry reviewed about one hundred cases between its creation and April 1995, freeing only fifty-eight prisoners. In any case, former prisoners were in danger because in the popular mind arrest was often equated with guilt; several prisoners were murdered after their liberation.
[From Africa's World War, by Gerard Prunier; paragraphization added.]
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