UN welcomes arrest of top genocide suspect, Félicien Kabuga

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the arrest on Saturday of one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, his Spokesperson said in a statement.

Félicien Kabuga, alleged to be a leading figure in the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, was apprehended in Paris by French authorities as a result of a joint investigation with the UN’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT).

He was indicted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1997 on seven counts of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Arrest sends  ‘powerful message’

“Mr. Kabuga’s apprehension sends a powerful message that those who are alleged to have committed such crimes cannot evade justice and will eventually be held accountable, even more than a quarter of a century later,” the statement said.

As  head of the Comité Provisoire  of the Fonds de défense nationale (“National Defence Fund”) from about 25 April 1994 to July 1994, Mr. Kabuga allegedly helped finance the genocide,

He was also president of the Comité d’Initiative of Radio Television Libre des Milles Collines, whose broadcasts were used by Hutu extremists to incite hatred against Tutsis and identify individuals for subsequent killing.

“The Secretary-General’s thoughts today are first and foremost with the victims of Mr. Kabuga’s alleged crimes, the victims of other serious international crimes, and their families.  Ending impunity is essential for peace, security and justice,” the UN statement continued. read more

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