Belgium arrests Rwandan genocide suspect

20th April 2011, Comments 1 comment

Belgian authorities have arrested a former Rwandan magistrate wanted by international police in connection with Rwanda's 1994 genocide, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Mathias Bushishi, 71, who was a prosecutor in the southern Rwandan town of Butare, was detained on Monday in Brussels, prosecutors said. Interpol's wanted notice says he is sought for war crimes and genocide.

Bushishi, held at the Forest prison in the Belgian capital, could be tried in Belgium due to a law allowing the country's courts to hear case of crimes against humanity, the prosecutor's office said.

Two other Rwandans were arrested in late March and charged with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for their alleged role in the mass ethnic killings that left 800,000 people dead in 1994.

They were not identified but the Rwandan newspaper New Times named them as Ernest Gakwaya, known as "Camarade", or comrade, and Emmanuel Nkunzuwimye, aka "Bomboko."

Belgian courts have conducted four trials related to the Rwandan genocide.

In late 2009, Ephrem Nkezabera, nicknamed "the genocide's banker", was sentenced to 30 years behind bars by a Brussels court.

The same court had already handed down long jail terms on two nuns, a university teacher and an industrialist in 2001, as well as two businessmen from the north of Rwanda in 2005 and an ex-major in July 2007.

© 2011 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Preeti posted:

    on 20th April 2011, 12:44:27 - Reply

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