Arusha, June 10, 2011(FH) - The Registry of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said Friday that it was finalizing the transfer of genocide-suspect, Bernard Munyagishari, arrested on May 25, 2011 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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"The Registry is finalizing with authorities in DRC the process of transfer. There is no problem. The transfer will take place anytime," said Danford Mpumilwa, the Officer in Charge of Communications Unit of the Tribunal.

Speaking to the UN Security Council on Monday, ICTR Prosecutor Hassan Bubakar Jallow thanked the Central African country for the arrest of Munyagishari, while urging them to "transfer him to the ICTR quickly."

Munyagishari, who is presented by the prosecution as leader of Interahamwe militiamen in Gisenyi, is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape.

The accused is alleged to have recruited, trained and lead Interahamwe militiamen in mass killings and rapes of Tutsi women in Gisenyi and beyond, between April and July 1994.

Munyagishari was arrested in Goma and transferred to Kinshasa, pending transfer to the Tribunal. Born in 1959 in Rubavu commune in Gisenyi prefecture, Munyagishari was arrested pursuant to an international warrant issued on September 8, 2005. Nine fugitives are still at large.


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