Rwandan rebel to appear before judges Friday: ICC

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Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana will make his first appearance on Friday before judges of the International Criminal Court into whose custody he was delivered Tuesday, the court said.

Mbarushimana's initial appearance before three judges of a pre-trial chamber will take place at 0830 GMT Friday "to verify the identity of the suspect, to verify that he has been informed of the crimes which he is alleged to have committed, and to inform him of his rights," an ICC statement said.

The 47-year-old, identified as a top leader of the FDLR Hutu rebel group, was delivered to the ICC by France, where he had been living in exile since 2002, to face charges of murder, torture and rape of Congolese civilians in 2009.

The ICC suspects Mbarushimana of five crimes against humanity and six war crimes including murder, rape and torture committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North and South Kivu provinces in 2009.

French authorities arrested him on an ICC warrant in October last year in Paris.

© 2011 AFP

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