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Félicien Kabuga arrested near Paris for role in Rwandan genocide

Félicien Kabuga arrested near Paris for role in Rwandan genocide”

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

About 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in the attacks 26 years ago.

Félicien Kabuga is a Rwandan businessman, accused of bankrolling and participating in the Rwandan genocide (PHOTO/File).

The arrest paves the way for bringing the fugitive bfore the court of appeal in Paris and the global court in The Hague.

Kabuga was Rwanda's most-wanted man and the United States government had placed a $5 million bounty on his head.

Mr.Brammherz could not reveal as to where the fugitive had been hiding for the past 25 years until he was nabbed living under an assumed name in the Paris suburb.

The prosecutor praised French authorities, saying the arrest "could not have been made without their exceptional cooperation and skill", and also thanked other countries and global organisations that helped.

He was accused of using his wealth and influence during the genocide to funnel money to militia groups as chairman of the Fonds de Defense Nationale fund.

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Felicien Kabuga, once one of Rwanda's wealthiest people, was accused of creating the notorious Interahamwe militia as well as a radio network that sent out chilling incitements to murder.

The Rwanda tribunal formally closed in 2015 and its duties have since been taken over by the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), which also deals with cases left over from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Following his arrest, Kabuga is expected to be transferred to the custody of the United Nation's International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), where he will stand trial.

Kabuga was close to former President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose death when his plane was shot down over Kigali sparked the 100-day genocide.

Another daughter married Augustin Ngirabatware, the country's planning minister who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the bloodshed.

The UN chief said Kabuga's arrest sent a powerful message that people who committed such crimes would eventually be held accountable, even more than a quarter of a century later.

Skulls and personal items of victims of the Rwandan genocide are seen as part of a display at the Genocide Memorial in Gisozi in Kigali, Rwanda April 6, 2019.



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