Arusha, November 25th, 2000 (FH) – Former Rwandan military officer and genocide suspect Innocent Sagahutu was on Friday transferred from Denmark to the prison of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania. A press release issued Saturday by the ICTR said the detainee "will shortly appear before a Trial Chamber of the Tribunal to answer charges against him.

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These include charges related to his alleged involvement in the killing of former Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, and ten Belgian soldiers who were guarding her". The initial appearance is scheduled for Tuesday. Sagahutu was second in command of the Reconnaissance Battalion of the former Rwandan army (FAR). He is charged with 12 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape of Tutsi women. The detainee was arrested in the Danish town of Ringkjobing on February 15th this year, on an arrest warrant from the ICTR. . He is expected to be tried with four other former Rwandan army officers, including his ex-boss, Major François-Xavier Nzuwonemeye. Nzuwonemeye has been held in the UN prison in Arusha since May 23rd this year. According to the ICTR, Sagahutu’s transfer brings the number of detainees in its Arusha prison to 43. JC/FH (SA%1125e)