Thursday, July 10, 2008

Rwandan war crimes suspect arrested

Rwandan war crimes suspect Callixte Mbarushimana, a former UN employee wanted for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, has been arrested in Frankfurt.

Peter Rueckert, a state prosecutor in charge of extradition cases at the Frankfurt Court of Appeal, said Rwandan authorities have been informed of the arrest, and Mbarushimana, who is wanted in France and Rwanda, would appear before a judge within the next two days. According to a report on the News24 site, Rwandan authorities are demanding Mbarushimana's extradition, accusing him of killing and ordering the killings of many Tutsis, among them some of his colleagues at the UN Development Programme, where he worked in Kigali in the early 1990s. He was arrested in Kosovo in 2001 while he was working for the UN and turned over to the Rwandan war crimes tribunal, but charges against him were dropped in 2002 due to lack of evidence.

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