Rwanda genocide fugitive Kabuga arrested in France after 25 years

Rwanda genocide fugitive Kabuga arrested in France after 25 years

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Paris, May 16: Rwanda genocide suspect FelicienKabuga was arrested on Saturday near the French capital, country's Justice Ministry said. Media reports said that Kabuga was detained by gendarmes in Asnières-Sur-Seine, where he had been living under a fake identity.

Kabuga was indicted by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1997 on seven counts of genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, attempt to commit genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, persecution and extermination, all in relation to crimes committed during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

The Rwanda Genocide happened between April and June 1994, when an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days. The genocide was sparked by the death of the Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994. In reaction to today’s arrest, United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunal's Mechanism Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz, in a statement, said that the arrest of FélicienKabuga today is a reminder that those responsible for genocide can be brought to account, even twenty-six years after their crimes.(UNI)