Rwanda issues arrest warrant for genocide suspect in France: prosecutor

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Skulls of victims at the Rwanda genocide memorial in Kigali. About 800,000 people were murdered in three months in 1994.

KIGALI: Rwanda has issued an international arrest warrant against a former senior Rwandan military official, Aloys Ntiwiragabo, who is under investigation in France for his role in the 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 people.

“We have issued an international arrest warrant against Aloys Ntiwiragabo, the genocide suspect. We have investigated his case and we are working with the French unit responsible for combating war crimes and crimes against humanity, ”Attorney General Aimable Havugiyaremye said at a press conference. Tuesday.

France has opened an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed by Ntiwiragabo after its discovery in the suburbs of the city of Orleans, about 100 kilometers southwest of Paris.

The French news site Mediapart has tracked down the former Rwandan spy chief, who had been identified by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) as one of the architects of the genocide.

Neither the ICTR, Interpol, France nor Rwanda were actively looking for him and had abandoned the arrest warrants years ago.

The revelation of his location came barely two months after the arrest of another alleged architect of the genocide, Félicien Kabuga, on the outskirts of Paris.

Kabuga, who has eluded police in several countries for 25 years, is accused of financing the genocide.

Kabuga had called for a trial in France, citing fragile health and saying the UN tribunal in Africa would be biased against him and may hand him over to the Rwandan authorities.

A team of prosecutors and investigators from the International Rwanda Genocide Tribunal arrived in Kigali on Tuesday for a two-week visit to investigate and collect evidence on Kabuga and other genocide suspects in general.

France has long been known as a hideout for wanted genocide suspects and French investigators currently have dozens of cases pending.

A plane carrying President Juvénal Habyarimana, of the Hutu majority in Rwanda, was shot down in Kigali on April 6, 1994, triggering a murderous frenzy which would kill mainly Tutsis but also moderate Hutus.

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