The French authorities, Felicien Kabuga, have arrested one of the most wanted persons accused of genocide in Rwanda.
Today, Saturday, the French Ministry of Justice announced the arrest of the 84-year-old gendarmerie, Kabuga, in the Asnier-sur-Seine region near the capital, Paris, where he was living with a false identity.
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda accused the former official of genocide and crimes against humanity, and was also alleged to have been the main financier of Hutu extremists who committed crimes and massacred nearly 800,000 people in 1994 when a bloody conflict took place in Rwanda in which a majority of Hutus assaulted the Tutsi minority, their political opponents in The country.
The United States has announced a reward of $ 5 million, in exchange for information leading to the arrest of Kabuga.
The Prosecutor of the International Business Conduct Mechanism for the two criminal tribunals in The Hague, the mechanism that is still working on pending war crimes cases for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, said that French police arrested Kabuga “in a complex and coordinated operation with simultaneous searches across a number of locations”, and this came as a result of an investigation Mutual.
“The arrest of Felicien Kabuga is a reminder that those responsible for the genocide can be held accountable even after 26 years of their crimes,” said Serge Brammertz.
“On international justice, the arrest of Kabuga shows that we can succeed when we have the support of the international community,” he added.
Brammertz appreciated France, but said that there were “essential contributions to the process from Rwanda, Belgium, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United States, Europol and Interpol.”
The court filed seven counts of Kabuga in 1997, related to genocide, direct and public incitement to commit, attempted and conspiracy to commit, as well as persecution and mass murder.
The United States said that Kabuga was a co-founder and president of the National Defense Fund (FDN), through which he allegedly provided funds to the interim Rwandan government for the purposes of the 1994 genocide.
He also allegedly provided logistical support to the militiamen who slaughtered them by providing them with weapons and uniforms and providing them with transportation.
After the completion of the appropriate procedures under French law, it is expected that Kabuga will be transferred to a custodian of the International Mechanism for Finishing the Remaining Acts of Criminal Trials, established by the Security Council, where he will be tried.