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Mali police arrest genocide suspect

[Rwanda] Genocide survivors in Rwanda.
Genocide survivors in Rwanda. (IRIN)

Malian police arrested genocide suspect Paul Bisengimana on Tuesday at the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the organisation's spokesman Kingsley Moghalu told Internews in Arusha, Tanzania.

Internews reported that the ICTR Office of the Prosecutor indicted Bisengimana, the former mayor of Gikoro commune in Kigali Rural province, for distributing guns and grenades used in the 1994 genocide against Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Internews also reported that Bisengimana ordered that Tutsi women be raped.

The indictment also alleges that between 9 and 13 April 1994, Bisengimana worked closely with the former mayor of Bicumbi commune, Laurent Semanza, and his successor, Juvenal Rugambarara, in transporting weapons and fuel to Gikongoro commune were "thousands of people who sought refuge at the Musha Church where killed during attacks between April and June 1994."

Another genocide suspect, Col. Aloys Simba, was arrested in Senegal on 27 November at the request of the chief ICTR prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, Internews reported.

"Both accused will be transferred to the United Nations Detention Facility in Arusha very soon," Moghalu told Internews.

This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information: https://shop.un.org/rights-permissions

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