Le gouvernement rwandais a écrit à la France pour demander l'extradition d'un suspect clé dans le génocide de la nation d'Afrique de l'Est il y a un quart de siècle, ont déclaré mercredi des responsables.Le major général Aloys Ntiwiragabo, ancien chef du service de renseignement militaire du Rwanda, a récemment été découvert par un média français dans la banlieue d'Orléans.
Rwanda prosecution spokesman Justin Nkusi told The Associated Press that an international arrest warrant has been issued for Ntiwiragabo, who is under investigation in France for his role in the genocide of 1994 in which more than 800,000 Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed.
The Rwandan government claims that Ntiwiragabo, 71, was part of the inner circle of the former government that orchestrated the genocide. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda describes him as one of the architects of the murders.
Rwandan Attorney General Aimable Havugiyaremye told reporters in Kigali on Tuesday that the government was working with the French unit responsible for combating war crimes and crimes against humanity to investigate the case.
Ntawiragabo’s extradition request comes after another suspected genocide architect, Félicien Kabuga, was arrested in May outside Paris.
Kabuga, who has been in hiding for 25 years, is accused of financing the genocide, which he denies.
Kabuga had demanded a trial in France, citing fragile health and claiming that a trial in Africa would be biased against him. The court overturned his request and he must be referred to the International Tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania, for trial.
The chief prosecutor of the Residual International Mechanism for Criminal Courts, Serge Brammertz, told reporters in Kigali on Tuesday that Kabuga could be transferred to Arusha next month.