The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 has scarred the country deeply, causing international sensations due to its atrocities and the various human rights violations deemed impossible in the modern era.
And now, almost 30 years after its brutal markings in world history, one of its most wanted man has finally been caught to be served justice: Felicien Kabuga, wanted at an astounding £4 million reward for his head, was previously accused and chased due to his crucial role in building Hutu extremist militia, training them to kill more than 800000 of their own national members, mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus as well. Kabuga was the one of the most wealthiest man in the country, but has been living as a fugitive in a quiet Paris suburb in Asnieres-sur-Seine. He was arrested in a coordinated sweeping of his abode at a surprise dawn attack.
Eric Emeraux, head of the French agency for fighting crimes against humanity said: “the chase had been renewed two months ago after new intelligence emerged.
He had been hiding in the suburbs with the complicity of his children and is believed to have previously spent time in Germany, Belgium, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Switzerland.Olivier Olsen, head of the association of homeowners in the building where he lived in France, said Kabuga had lived there for three to four years and described him as ‘someone very discreet who murmured when you said hello.
In 1997 the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda indicted him on charges of conspiracy to commit genocide, persecution and extermination.
He had been known to utilize his own companies for importing machetes, used to slaughter the Rwandan ethnic populations.He is also alleged to have founded the Radio-Television Libre des Mille Collines, which was a broadcast station that blasted propaganda against Tutsis and incited people for their bloodthirst, urging them to kill relentlessly.
He is also said to have been training and equipping the militia.
Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor of the MICT in The Hague, Netherlands, said: ‘The arrest of Felicien Kabuga today is a reminder that those responsible for genocide can be brought to account, even 26 years after their crimes.’
Mausi Segun, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said of his arrest was ‘an important step towards justice for hundreds of thousands of genocide victims’.Officials in Rwanda said the East African nation will continue to collaborate with the UN mechanism to ensure that justice is served.
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