Wednesday, December 14, 2005

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - Court hears how tourists were hacked to death at reserve

The Guardian has the story on a trial taking place in Kampala for the 1999 atoricty in which a mountain gorilla tourism group were brutally murdered.
Nine people, including three British tourists, sustained horrific injuries when they were killed at a Ugandan gorilla reserve in 1999, according to testimony yesterday at the trial, in Kampala, of one of the accused.

Jean-Paul Bizimana is one of the Rwandan rebels accused of hacking and bludgeoning to death the nine people, who included a Ugandan guide, at the reserve in western Uganda, near the borders with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr Bizimana, 30, denies nine counts of murder. He could face execution if convicted. The killings caused a dramatic reduction in tourists to Uganda's famed Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.