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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Belgium Arrests Wanted Fugitive

Belgian authorities this Monday arrested Mathias Bushishi, a former prosecutor in Butare prefecture in present-day southern province. He is on the wanted list of Rwandan    genocide    fugitives. Bushishi is on the Interpol list since July 2009. He is alleged to have participated in planning and executing the extermination of Tutsis in his jurisdiction during the 1994 genocide    against    Tutsi.
 
He is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity and is being detained at Forest Prison.
Bushishi, who was arrested in Brussels will likely be tried for his alleged crimes before the Assize Court of Brussels under the universal jurisdiction law.
In a related development,French judicial authorities on March 16 arrested Tito Barahirwa, a Rwandan genocide suspect living in Toulouse, France but was released on bail on April 5, a judicial source said. According to Interpol, 53-year old Barahirwa lived in the southwest of France under the name Titus Barahirwa, but his true identity is Tito Barahirwa, a former mayor of Kabarondo in the former Kibungo prefecture in present-day eastern province.
Barahirwa was arrested as a result of an extradition request from Rwanda after they issued a warrant for his arrest on August 31, 2009 for genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity. In late March prosecutors in Toulouse also received a complaint filed against Barahirwa from the association of civil society groups representing genocide survivors in France and the file is awaiting transfer to the Paris court of high instance for trial.

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