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Rwanda's Most-Wanted Genocide Suspect, Felicien Kabuga, 84, Arrested In France After 25-Years


According to reports today the most wanted Rwanda Genocide Suspect has just been arrested in France.

The suspect Felicien Kabuga aged 84 who was living under a false identity in an apartment in Asnieres-Sur-Seine near Paris. It was reported that he has been pursued by international justice for more than 25 years, a French Justice Ministry said on Saturday morning in a statement to the press.

He was arrested at 05:30 GMT on Saturday by French gendarmes the ministry confirmed. The United States had also placed a bounty on his head over crimes he committed in a 1994 genocide which is worth $5million.

He was accused of funding a militant massacre of 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus over a period of 100 days in 1994. His son in-law was earlier arrested in 2007 in Germany.

The Chief prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in Hague, Serge Brammertz had confirmed this arrest also while saying that:

"The arrest of Felicien Kabuga today is a reminder that those responsible for genocide can be brought to account, even 26 years after their crimes." 
Brammertz added:

“For international justice, Kabuga’s arrest demonstrates that we can succeed when we have the international community’s support. This result is a tribute to the unwavering commitment of the United Nations Security Council, which established the Mechanism to continue the accountability process in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.” 
Felicien Kabuga was arraigned by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1997 on seven counts of massacre, involvement in killing, direct and public encouragement to commit slaughter, effort to commit massacre, plot to commit massacre, oppression, and slaughter, all related to crimes which was committed during the 1994 massacre against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

He is expected to stand hearing before the Paris Appeal Court and later to the International Court in The Hague.

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