Rwandan fugitive arrested in France for 1994 genocide

By Tatenda Marwodzi

Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga, has been arrested for his role in the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi’s. The 84-year-old was arrested by international police after investigators found his hideout in Asniéres-Sur-Seine, Paris.

Mr Kabuga went on the run in 1997 after the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda indicted him for his hand in the killing of 800 000 men and women. It is alleged that the millionaire provided the Interahamwe soldiers with machetes and used his radio station, Radio-Television Mille Collines, to incite violence against the Tutsi by exposing their hideouts.

The arrest comes as a relief for international investigators as Kabuga, with the help of family, had successfully derailed police work in Kenya, Germany, Switzerland and many other European nations for over two decades.

It became especially more difficult to trace him after he changed his identity documents enabling him to pass through country borders undetected.

Fortunately, intel from Rwanda, the US and UK helped the French government track his location. They successfully arrested him at a relative’s apartment Saturday morning.

His trial is expected to take place at the tribunal court in Tanzania.

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