3 April 2013

Rwanda: France Arrests Genocide Suspect

A Genocide fugitive wanted by the authorities in Kigali was yesterday arrested in the French city of Toulouse over his alleged role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Tite Barahira, a former leader of Commune Kabarondo (1977-1986) in eastern Rwanda, is charged with conspiracy to commit genocide, among other crimes.

Barahira, who disguised himself by changing his name to Barahirwa, was subject to investigation since 2011.

Rwanda had issued an arrest warrant for his alleged role in the Genocide that claimed more than a million lives.

Barahira's arrest came just a day after a French court ordered that Pascal Simbikangwa, another Genocide suspect on French soil, be put on trial there.

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