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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fugitive Arrested in the DRC

Rwanda has welcomed Wednesday’s arrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo of Bernard Munyagishari, one of the remaining fugitives sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Munyagishari, 52, is the former President of the Interahamwe in former Gisenyi prefecture in present-day Rubavu district of the western province. Munyagishari, currently detained in Goma pending transfer to the Tribunal, is wanted by the ICTR on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape. 

He is alleged to have recruited, trained and led Interahamwe militiamen in mass killings and rapes of Tutsi women in Gisenyi and beyond, between April and July 1994.

Munyagishari, a native of Rubavu commune in Gisenyi prefecture was arrested pursuant to an international warrant issued on 8 September 2005. He has featured on the US Rewards for Justice programme as a fugitive from international justice.

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