Rwandan genocide suspect living in France

9th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

ARUSHA, Tanzania, May 9, 2007 (AFP) - An ex-Rwandan government official Dominique Ntawukuriryayo, who is wanted by a UN tribunal for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide, is living in France, an official said Tuesday.

ARUSHA, Tanzania, May 9, 2007 (AFP) - An ex-Rwandan government official Dominique Ntawukuriryayo, who is wanted by a UN tribunal for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide, is living in France, an official said Tuesday.

"At a certain time he left mainland France to live in Mayotte (an Indian Ocean island administered by France) but he has since returned to his home in France," said Aloys Mutabingwa, Rwanda's representative at the UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Mutabingwa said several other genocide suspects were holed up in France.

A source at the ICTR prosecutor's office said Ntawukuriryayo had left France shortly before it announced last week that it was seeking the former sub-prefect of the southern Gisagara region for crimes linked to the genocide.

The charge sheet accuses Ntawukuriryayo, a Hutu, of genocide, complicity in genocide and inciting the public to commit genocide, which the UN estimates claimed the lives of some 800,000 people.

"Between about 21 and 25 April, 1994, Dominique Ntawukuriryayo collected soldiers and gendarmes from Butare and transported them to Kabuye hill to kill the Tutsis who were there," the court order said.

"During the same period, he also collected ammunition from Butare which was used by attackers to kill the Tutsis at Kabuye hill."

There was no explanation as to why the charges and the warrant, which was issued on September 21, 2006, were kept secret until this month or why they had recently been made public.

Based in Arusha in northern Tanzania, the ICTR is charged with bringing to justice those responsible for the Rwandan genocide.

Among those still sought is Rwandan billionaire Felicien Kabuga, who is suspected of providing funding for the killings and is thought to be hiding in Kenya.


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