25 April 2008

Rwanda: Germany Arrests Genocide Fugitive

Kigali — German investigators has arrested a former local administration official accused of taking part in the Tutsi Genocide in the north east former province of Byumba, state radio reported Friday evening.

Mr. Rwabukumba Onesphore - the former bourgmester of Muvumba Commune which was part of the Byumba prefecture - now part of eastern province was nabbed after a request from Rwanda, spokesman of the Rwanda Prosecutions Department Jean Bosco Mutangana told Radio Rwanda.

He said by virtual of fact that Mr. Rwabukumba was holding public office but opted to plan and execute mass killings in his locality and his association with the genocidal government makes him responsible.

Mr. Rwabukumba was bourgmester between 1988 and 1994.

The development comes as President Paul Kagame ends his four-day state visit to German where he urged developed countries to do more to apprehend fugitives still moving free in there.

In a particular Mr. Kagame demanded action on Dr. Ignace Murwanashyaka head of the Rwandan extremist rebels - the FDLR - holed up in jungles of D R Congo.

However, unlike his forces blamed for carrying out the massacres and fleeing to DRC, Dr. Murwanashyaka - living in Bonn - does not seem to have Genocide charges against him - but instead is held responsible by the UN for the carnage the FDLR has cause in DRC.

According to the Red Notice issued by government in April 2006 for 93 individuals, only number 47 - Mr. Nyombayire Venuste - former head of SOS villages in former Gikongoro was indicated as living in German. (End)

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