Rwandan fugitive Félicien Kabuga arrested in France

Félicien KabugaRwandan fugitive Félicien Kabuga

French police on Saturday arrested Rwanda’s most wanted genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga.

Kabuga, one of the world’s most wanted fugitives was arrested in Paris by French authorities as a result of a joint investigation with the IRMCT Office of the Prosecutor.

Kabuga, 84, who was living under a false identity in a flat in Asnieres-Sur-Seine, near Paris, had been pursued by international justice for 25 years, the ministry said in a statement.

French gendarmes arrested him at 0530 GMT on Saturday, the ministry said.

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Felicien Kabuga is alleged to have been a leading figure in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

In reaction to the arrest, Mechanism Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz stated:

“The arrest of Félicien Kabuga today is a reminder that those responsible for genocide can be brought to account, even 26 years after their crimes.  Our first thoughts must be with the victims and survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Advocating on their behalf is an immense professional honor for my entire Office,” said Brammertz.

Kabuga was indicted by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1997 on seven counts of genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, attempt to commit genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, persecution and extermination, all in relation to crimes committed during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Following completion of appropriate procedures under French law, Kabuga is expected to the transferred to the custody of the Mechanism, where he will stand trial.

French police arrested Kabuga in a sophisticated, coordinated operation with simultaneous searches across a number of locations.

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