01.07.07 - ICTR/KENYA - PRESUMED DOCTOR OF KABUGA QUESTIONED BY ICTR TRACKING TEAM

Arusha, 01 July 2007 (FH) - On Wednesday, members of the tracking team of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) questioned the presumed doctor of the businessman Félicien Kabuga, the most famous of the 18 fugitives searched by this court of the United Nations, in Nairobi, Kenya, the Rwandan daily newspaper New Times reports this Friday.   
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Doctor Gerald Young was questioned on information according to which he treated the accused at large between 2001 and 2003, the newspaper writes.
 
The doctor admitted having treated foreign patients, among them some Rwandans, the daily newspaper adds.
 
Asked about this matter by the Hirondelle News Agency, the spokesperson of the Prosecutor, Timothy Gallimore, refused to answer.
 
According to the Prosecutor, the Gambian Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Kabuga, who escaped several times to common operations of the Kenyan police and the ICTR, runs most of his commercial activities in Kenya.
 
In 2002 the United States launched a large media campaign in Kenya aiming at the arrest of Kabuga. A reward of up to 5 millions US dollars was granted for any information which could lead to his arrest. But the "big fish" is still free.
 
Ten-days ago, in a speech before the Security Council, the Prosecutor called on the United Nations to put the Kenyan authorities under pressure in order to arrest the billionaire.
 
Having started from scratch to become the richest man of his country at that time, Kabuga, who comes from Byumba (North Rwanda) is notably accused of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide and direct and public incitement to commit genocide.
 
Related to the former president Juvénal Habyarimana by marriage, the businessman was also the principal shareholder of the sadly famous Radio-télevision libre des Mille collines (RTLM) which spread hatred against Tutsis.
 
According to the office of the Prosecutor, Kabuga owns numerous travelling documents with several false names.
 
One of his sons-in-law, the former Minister for Planning, Augustin Ngirabatware, is also on the list of the ICTR fugitives.
 
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