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Félicien Kabuga, one of the world’s most wanted fugitives connected to the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda has been arrested in Paris by French authorities.

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ruled Kabuga was heavily involved in the planning and execution of the genocide that saw over hundreds of thousands killed and displaced in three-month violence.

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The tribunal indicted Kabuga on seven counts of genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, attempt to commit genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, persecution and extermination.

Following completion of appropriate procedures under French law, Kabuga is expected to be transferred to the custody of the Mechanism, where he will stand trial.

French police arrested Kabuga in a sophisticated, coordinated operation with simultaneous searches across a number of locations, Citizen Digital reported.

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According to the United Nation’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), Kabuga was arrested following a joint investigation with the IRMCT Office of the Prosecutor.

In reaction to the arrest, Mechanism Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said it was a reminder that those responsible for genocide can be brought to account.

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“Our first thoughts must be with the victims and survivors of the Rwandan genocide. Advocating on their behalf is an immense professional honor for my entire Office.”

“For international justice, Kabuga’s arrest demonstrates that we can succeed when we have the international community’s support.
This result is a tribute to the unwavering commitment of the United Nations Security Council, which established the Mechanism to continue the accountability process in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia,”
said Brammertz.

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