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Canada's highest court agreed unanimously with federal lawyers Tuesday that there are reasonable grounds to believe Mugesera promoted hatred, murder and genocide and committed a crime against humanity with a fiery 1992 speech in which he called on ethnic Hutus to "exterminate" their traditional Tutsi rivals.
Mugesera claimed he was only preaching self-defence against Tutsi aggression and that he wasn't counselling the slaughter of his opponents.
However, the court noted that he was "well aware of the dangerous state of affairs in Rwanda in the early 1990s."
As an educated man and prominent political activist "he would necessarily have known that a speech vilifying and encouraging acts of violence against the target group would have the effect of furthering the attack."