Rwanda Genocide Suspect Captured in DRC 13 Aug 2009
Genocide suspect Gregoire Ndahimana has been captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Gregoire NdahimanaOn 11 August 2009, Grégoire Ndahimana, who is wanted by the International Criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) for genocide and complicity in genocide, was arrested by Congolese armed forces in North Kivu Province in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He is accused of planning the massacre of at least 2,000 Rwandan Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Ndahimana is one of the main suspects wanted by the ICTR. In the indictment, Ndahimana is accused of genocide or complicity in the alternative, conspiracy to commit genocide, and extermination as a crime against humanity. He is alleged to be individually responsible and responsible as a superior for various crimes, including the Nyange Parish massacre in which more than 2,000 Tutsi refugees were killed. Ndahimana is said to bear responsibility alongside convicted génocidaire and former priest, Athanase Seromba for this incident, in which Tutsis encouraged by Ndahimana to gather at the parish for their ‘safety’ were subsequently killed. In 2008, the ICTR Appeals Chamber upheld Seromba’s sentence to life imprisonment for the crimes.

Grégoire Ndahimana was captured by forces in DRC during operations against the Democratic for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Hutu rebel group in DRC. Ndahimana was believed to be fighting with the FDLR.  Rwanda and DRC have been undertaking joint military operations within DRC since January to combat rebels in the country. Ndahimana is being held in DRC awaiting transfer to the UN tribunal in Arusha.

Fifteen years after the Genocide, there remain twelve suspects wanted by the ICTR, many of whom are believed to be hiding in DRC.

 

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