Arusha, September 16, 2002 (FH) - Former Rwandan mayor, Jean-Baptiste Gatete, was on Saturday transferred from Congo-Brazzaville to the International Criminal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Tanzania to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Gatete was arrested by local police in Ngombe village, north of Brazzaville on Tuesday.

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"Until his arrest, he was one of the major suspects still at large", ICTR spokesperson, Kingsley Moghalu told Hirondelle. Gatete was one of the first people to be indicted by the tribunal after its creation in 1994. Moghalu said that Gatete would make his initial appearance before the court "in the near future". He is currently held at the United Nations Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania. Gatete was allegedly a principal participant in the killings of ethnic Tutsis in the East Rwanda province of Kibungo during the 1994 genocide. An estimated One million Tutsis were killed during the genocide. GG/FH(JG-0916e)