Arusha, August 14, 2003 (FH) A man wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and arrested early this week in Uganda, will make his initial appearance Friday, August 15, 2003. .

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Juvenal Rugambarara, the former mayor of Bicumbi, Kigali Rural province, was arrested August 11 and transferred to the ICTR detention facilities in Arusha, Tanzania August 13, 2003. A physician by profession, Rugambarara, was appointed mayor of Bicumbi in 1993. He replaced Laurent Semanza who had held the post for 20 years. Semanza was on May 15, 2003 found guilty of genocide by the ICTR and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Rugambarara faces nine charges: Genocide or in the alternative, complicity to commit genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, three counts of crimes against humanity and two counts of serious violations of the Geneva conventions. "This is a sign of the good cooperation we have seen in the last few months", said Roland Amoussouga, lauding the Ugandan authorities for the arrest. "It shows that we have the support of member states. They are willing and capable of helping us fulfil our mandate". According to the ICTR, Rugambarara is alleged to have "ordered, instigated, encouraged, aided and abetted the preparation and execution of the crimes against Tutsis in Bicumbi commune". The suspect is expected to make his initial appearance before judge Jai Ram Reddy of Fiji. His arrest brings the number of those in UN custody in Arusha to 56 people. KN/FH(RR'0814e)