Germany tries to deport leader of Hutu militia

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10 April 2006, MANNHEIM, GERMANY - The leader of a Rwandan Hutu rebel army which has conducted a reign of terror in eastern Congo has appealed against German authorities trying to deport him, a court spokesman said Monday.

10 April 2006

MANNHEIM, GERMANY - The leader of a Rwandan Hutu rebel army which has conducted a reign of terror in eastern Congo has appealed against German authorities trying to deport him, a court spokesman said Monday.

Ignace Murwanashyaka, who is accused by the UN Security Council of fuelling a civil war, was detained last week in the German city of Mannheim which has been his European base. On Friday a judge ordered him detained for three months preparatory to deportation.

However federal prosecutors said Monday they were considering an alternative: putting Murwanashyaka, 42, on trial in Germany under international criminal law. A prosecutions spokeswoman in Karlsruhe said it was being studied whether he had committed such crimes.

He is president of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda FDLR, an ethnic Hutu movement whose armed units are accused of continuing massacres in the Kivu region of Congo.

In December, the United Nations slapped a travel ban on him, requiring member states to seize his assets and deny him either entry or transit. It warned that Murwanashyaka was using international travel documents issued by Germany in Mannheim.

Murwanashyaka's lawyer has filed an appeal against Friday's remand order. A spokesman for the state court reviewing the case said the law required a decision without delay but there was no set number of days for this. He is being held in a prison in Mannheim.

The UN Mission in Congo said Saturday it would assist the government in Kinshasa in efforts to obtain the rebel leader's extradition to face serious charges in Congo.

The FDLR membership includes many Hutus who as the Interahamwe movement took part in the 1994 genocide of at least 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda. When they fled into exile in Congo, the FDLR formed and terrorized Congolese communities.

DPA

Subject: German news

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