Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga has been arrested near Paris after 25 years on the run, in line with the French justice ministry.
The 84-year-old, who’s Rwanda’s most-wanted man and had a $5m bounty on his head, was living underneath a false identification in a flat in Asnieres-Sur-Seine, the ministry stated.
French gendarmes arrested him at 05:30 GMT on Saturday, the ministry added.
A Hutu businessman, Kabuga is accused of funding militias that massacred about 800,000 Tutsis and average Hutus over 100 days in 1994.
“Since 1994, Felicien Kabuga, known to have been the financier of Rwanda genocide, had with impunity stayed in Germany, Belgium, Congo-Kinshasa, Kenya, or Switzerland,” the assertion stated.
The arrest paves the best way for bringing the fugitive in entrance of the Paris attraction court docket and later to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, it stated.
Kabuga was indicted on genocide fees by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Two different Rwandan genocide suspects, Augustin Bizimana and Protais Mpiranya, are nonetheless being pursued by worldwide justice.
Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), stated Kabuga’s arrest is a reminder that these answerable for genocide will be dropped at account, “even 26 years after their crimes”.
He added: “Today’s arrest underlines the strength of our determination.”
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