Rwandan Genocide Financier Felicien Kabuga Arrested in Paris

More Than 800,000 Ethnic Tutsis and Moderate Hutus Were Killed


Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga has been arrested in Paris after 25 years on the run.

Kabuga, who had a $5m bounty on his head, was accused of playing a role in the genocide that left at least 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead.

The police said the man was living under a false identity with the complicity of his children in a flat in Asnieres-Sur-Seine.

“Since 1994, Felicien Kabuga, known to have been the financier of Rwanda genocide, had with impunity stayed in Germany, Belgium, Congo-Kinshasa, Kenya, or Switzerland,” the French justice ministry said.

Kabuga is expected to appear before the Paris appeal court and later to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Rwandan prosecutors said Kabuga used his companies to import vast quantities of machetes that were used to slaughter people. He was also accused of establishing a radio station to broadcast vicious propaganda against the ethnic Tutsi.