Rwandan genocide suspect faces extradition from Gabon

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Negotiations are taking place with the French government over the extradition from Gabon to Kigali of a Rwandan doctor and genocide suspect, Gabonese security sources said Wednesday.

Jean Chrysostome Ndindabahizi, who was wanted by Interpol and was the subject of an international arrest warrant for his suspected participation in the 1994 mass killings, was arrested in Gabon earlier this month.

There is no extradition treaty between Gabon and Rwanda, but a Gabonese security source told AFP that talks were taking place with Paris to extradite Ndindabahizi to France, and then in turn to Rwanda.

The Rwandan had changed his identity and was working in a public hospital in Melen, a suburb of capital Libreville, before his arrest approximately 10 days ago, according to the source, who was speaking on condition of anonymity.

Almost 800,000 people -- mostly minority Tutsis -- were killed by ethnic Hutu extremists between April and July 1994, according to UN figures.

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