- Felicien Kabuga, a Rwandan businessman, was accused of bankrolling and participating in the Rwandan genocide that claimed lives of at least 800,000 innocent people in 1994
- The fugitive was arrested on Saturday, May 16, in Paris by French paramilitary officers and over 20 years on the run
- Serge Brammertz, the chief prosecutor of the mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague welcomed his arrest
Police in France have arrested Felicien Kabuga, the suspect who was accused on bankrolling the Rwandan genocide that claimed at least 800,000 lives in 1994.
The 84-year-old who had evaded arrest for 25 years was living at an apartment in Paris under a false identity.
According to reports by BBC and other international news outlets, the fugitive was arrested on Saturday, May 16, by French paramilitary officers.
Serge Brammertz, the chief prosecutor of the mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague welcomed his arrest.
"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," said Brammertz.
"For international justice, Kabuga’s arrest demonstrates that we can succeed when we have the international community’s support. This result is a tribute to the unwavering commitment of the United Nations Security Council, which established the mechanism to continue the accountability process in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia," he added.
The United States (US) had offered KSh 500 million to anyone who would give information of his whereabouts.
There were reports the fugitive was hiding in Kenya under alleged protection of senior officials in government.
Here was how the world reacted to his arrest:
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