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Rwanda′s most-wanted genocide suspect arrested after 25 years

Rwanda′s most-wanted genocide suspect arrested after 25 years”

Félicien Kabuga, a businessman indicted for complicity in the Rwandan genocide, was arrested on Saturday after living under a false identity.

But the governments of former Presidents Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki maintained that he was never in the country amid increased global pressure.

The 1994 Rwanda genocide was deadly with reports indicating that Kabuga funded the militias that massacred over 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus.

The 84-year-old, who is Rwanda's most-wanted man and had a $5 million US bounty on his head, was living under a false identity in a flat in Asnieres-Sur-Seine, according to the ministry.

In 2003, U.S. investigators camped in Kenya after word went round that the Rwandan fugitive was hiding in the country but they did not manage to nab him.

"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", said Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague.

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A top United Nations prosecutor welcomed the arrest, saying it showed that suspects would be brought to justice for crimes in the 1994 genocide.

"For worldwide justice, Kabuga's arrest demonstrates that we can succeed when we have the global community's support".

The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) was established by UN Security Council Resolution 1966 (2010) to complete the remaining work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which closed in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Tribunal officials expect that Kabunga will be handed over to United Nations prosecutors, who will transfer him to a court in Arusha, Tanzania, for trial. Kabuga's daughter married Habyarimana's son.

Along with former defence minister Augustin Bizimana and top-ranking military figure Protais Mpiranya - both still at large - Kabuga was one of the three most significant suspects still sought over the genocide, the statement said.



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