The French Ministry of Justice announces the capture of a Rwandan genocide suspect in Paris after 26 years of flight

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Rwanda’s most wanted, Félicien Kabuga
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The French Ministry of Justice announces the capture of a Rwandan genocide suspect in Paris after 26 years of flight

The French Ministry of Justice has announced that Félicien Kabuga, a Rwandan genocide suspect accused of funding militias who massacred around 800,000 people, was arrested on Saturday near Paris after 26 years of flight.

The most wanted man in Rwanda who had a premium of 5 million US dollars on his head and lived under a false identity in an apartment in Asnieres-Sur-Seine.

French gendarmes arrested the 84-year-old man on Saturday at 05:30 GMT.

Kabuga was charged in 1997 on seven counts, including genocide, complicity in genocide and incitement to commit genocide, all in connection with the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, according to the Established International Residual Mechanism of Criminal Courts (IRMCT). by the UN.

The two main ethnic groups in Rwanda are the Hutus and the Tutsis, who have antagonistic relations and waged a civil war in the early 90s. A Hutu businessman, Kabuga is accused of having financed the militias which massacred some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus over a period of 100 days in 1994.

Two other Rwandan genocide suspects, Augustin Bizimana and Protais Mpiranya, are still on the run from international justice.

“Félicien Kabuga’s arrest today reminds us that those responsible for the genocide can be prosecuted even twenty-six years after their crimes,” said IRMCT attorney general Serge Brammertz in a press release. He added that the arrest was the result of a joint operation between the police in France and in other countries, including the United States, Rwanda, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany and in the Netherlands.

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