Rwandan Genocide Suspect Sent to UN Court in The Hague

10/27/2020

An 87-year-old Rwandan arrested in France was transferred to the custody of a United Nations court in the Netherlands on Monday, nearly 23 years after he was first indicted for his alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide in his country, the court announced.

The UN’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals said in a statement that Félicien Kabuga is charged with offenses including genocide, complicity in genocide, incitement to commit genocide, and the crimes against humanity of extermination and persecution. He will face life imprisonment if convicted. Kabuga was arrested outside of Paris in May on a warrant that was issued by the UN mechanism, which deals with cases from now-closed temporary courts that prosecuted atrocities committed during the Balkan Wars and the Rwandan genocide.

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