Arusha, October 22, 2010 (FH) -The cooperation between the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and Interpol has led since 2007  to the arrest of six genocide fugitives, including two former Rwandan cabinet members.

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"In December 2007, Interpol created the Rwandan Genocide Fugitives Project following a resolution at its General Assembly that year. It aims to apprehend the fugitives wanted by ICTR and by the Rwandan Judicial Authorities and to date has led to the arrest of six fugitives wanted by the International Court," a communiqué issued Friday said.

Callixte Nzabonimana, former Youth Minister, was arrested on February 18, 2008 in Tanzania and Augustin Ngirabatware, the then Minister for Planning, was nabbed in Germany on September 17, 2007. Their trials are still going on before the ICTR.

Dominique Ntawukulilyayo, former Deputy Governor was arrested in France on October 17, 2007. He was charged at ICTR and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for genocide. He is currently waiting the hearing of his appeal before the Appeals Chamber.

Captain Idelphonse Nizeyimana and Pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi were arrested in Uganda on October 5, 2009 and June 30, 2010, respectively. They are awaiting the beginning of their trials. The list also includes former mayor Grégoire Ndahimana, who was apprehended on August 10, 2009 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Interpol has also issued red notices for the arrest of  the remaining ten fugitives, among of whom, the most wanted Félicien Kabuga, who is alleged to have financed the 1994 killings. So far, ICTR has managed to arrest 81 genocide suspects, most of whom have been tried. A red notice seeks the arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition, Interpol website reads.


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