The alleged "financier" of the genocide in Rwanda arrested near Paris

Félicien Kabuga's wanted notice published in Kenyan newspapers in 2002. REUTERS / George Mulala / File Photo

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Félicien Kabuga, considered the "financier" of the genocide in Rwanda which killed at least 800,000 people in 1994 according to the UN, was arrested in the morning of this Saturday May 16 near Paris. The public prosecutor's office indicates that he lived in Asnières-sur-Seine under a false identity.


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Following an operation carried out at dawn on Saturday May 16 in the Paris suburbs, Félicien Kabuga, 84, was arrested.

The businessman, considered as the “financier” of the genocide carried out in Rwanda against the Tutsis in 1994 and in which at least 800,000 people lost their lives according to United Nations figures, has been actively sought by international justice since 25 years.

He resided under a false identity in an apartment in Asnières-sur-Seine, thanks to well-worked mechanics and with the complicity of his children,  " said the Paris public prosecutor's office in a press release.

Félicien Kabuga is accused of having formed militias responsible for massacres in Rwanda. After this arrest, the UN prosecutor quickly reacted by recalling that all those suspected of having had a role in this genocide will have to be tried.

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