The Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) has laughed off media reports that United States authorities have arrested Major Justus Majyambere, a Rwandan army officer who recently travelled to the US on official duty but has since returned to Kigali.
Reports on some websites and blogs run by Rwandan exiles had insinuated that Major Majyambere had been arrested by US authorities over indictments issued in 2008 by a Spanish Judge, Fernando Andreu Merelles over alleged crimes committed in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide.
In February 2008, Fernando issued indictments against 40 Rwandan army officers on charges of mass murder and crimes against humanity in the aftermath of the genocide. In an exclusive interview with Contact FM, Lieutenant Colonel Jill Rutaremara, the Defence and army spokesman said these are pure lies being peddled by wrong elements living outside the country.
When contacted on phone, Majyambere, who was at his home here in Kigali, said he went to the US and returned safely and had not been stopped by anyone while in Amsterdam, Detroit or Kansas.
In 2005, Fernando opened investigations based on what he claimed were complaints from the families of six Spanish priests and three Spanish doctors who were reportedly killed in Rwanda.