Arusha, October, 22, 2001 (FH) - Former Rwandan prefect François Karera was on Saturday arrested in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, on charges related to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Official sources confirmed he was arrested on a warrant from the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and is now in Tribunal custody.

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"Karera was arrested on Saturday and transferred to the (ICTR) detention facility on the same day," ICTR spokesperson Kingsley Moghalu told Hirondelle. Karera was prefect (governor) of Kigali-Rural province in central Rwanda at the time of the April-July 1994 genocide that left some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead. He is charged with genocide or, in the alternative, complicity in genocide; extermination or, in the alternative, murder, as crimes against humanity. GG/JC/PHD/FH(AR1022e)