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6 October 2020 – Rwandan genocide suspects arrested in Belgium, Kabuga seeks transfer to the Hague, the Netherlands

Photo: Michael Coghlan via Flickr (CC).
Photo: Michael Coghlan via Flickr (CC).

Belgian authorities arrest three suspects on Rwandan genocide charges: Belgian authorities have arrested three men suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Two have been detained and one has been put under electronic surveillance.

The Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office has not named the men. It said the investigation was ongoing and the office will decide whether the men will be charged and face trial. They are accused of serious abuse of human rights in the context of the 1994 genocide in which over 800,000 are estimated to have been killed. (New York Times)

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Kabuga requests transfer to the Hague due to Covid-19 concerns: Félicien Kabuga has requested the IRMCT to transfer him to detention facilities in the Hague rather than in Arusha, Tanzania. Mr Kabuga was arrested in Paris in May 2020 and was awaiting transfer to the IRMCT detention facilities in Arusha after recently losing an extradition appeal in France. He cited health grounds for his request, including fears that he could contract COVID-19 in Tanzania and that the flight could badly affect his health. He further argued that detention in Tanzania would mean he was separated from his family.

Mr Kabuga is accused of financing genocide and crimes against humanity in the context of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. (IRMCT, Star Tribune)

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