Kigali, 9 June 2009 (FH) - Kigali alerted the international police (Interpol) for the arrest of a Rwandan Senator, Stanley Safari, sentenced to life in prison on Saturday after being found guilty of participation in the 1994 genocide, reported Tuesday the Rwandan newspaper, The New Times.

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Convicted for acts which took place in Butare, southern Rwanda, he should still be tried for his alleged participation in crimes committed in 1994 in Gatenga, a small district of Kigali.

According to The New Times, Safari, who fled the country at the end of last month, was hiding in Kampala, in company of certain members of his family.

Last year, at the end of a trial for hoarding and looting of goods during the genocide, the senator was sentenced to a fine of 7 million Rwandan francs (nearly 13 000 American dollars).

A brilliant orator, Safari had fought for the dissolution of his former party, the Republican Democratic Movement (MDR), which he accused of having thought and spread the genocide ideology. After the dissolution of the MDR, he, along with others, founded the Party for Solidarity and Progress (PSP), which belongs to the coalition around the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which is in power.

In addition, the trial for genocide of the former president of the Chamber of Deputies, Alfred Mukezamfura, also at large, remains pending before the gacaca court of Nyakabanda, in the capital.

Mukezamfura was president of the Chamber of Deputies until the legislative elections of September 2008.

After having lost his deputy's seat, he had remained President of the Centrist Democratic Party (PDC), a small political formation.

The party replaced him on the week-end with Agnès Mukabaranga, according to the Rwandan News Agency (RNA).


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