One of the prime suspects wanted for atrocities in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis was arrested this week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations has announced.
Ladislas Ntaganzwa, 53, a former mayor, is accused of helping organize the massacre of more than 20,000 Tutsis during the genocide in Rwanda, in which nearly one million people were killed.
Mr. Ntaganzwa was one of nine remaining fugitives sought by the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, which was set up by the United Nations to continue the work of international tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia, according to a United Nations statement.
Nearly 22 years ago, Mr. Ntaganzwa was in his early 30s and a mayor, exercising “absolute authority, control and effective control over his subordinates” during the Hutu government’s genocide against the according to his 1996 indictment.
From his position, Mr. Ntaganzwa oversaw the murder of thousands of his countrymen in the area he administered, as well as the rape and sexual violence committed against women, the United Nations said in its statement. On April 14-15, 1994, his indictment said, Mr. Ntaganzwa distributed weapons to civilians surrounding a parish where thousands of Tutsis had taken shelter, then used a megaphone to order them to shoot into the crowd. Several days later, it said, he helped organize another massacre on a nearby hill.
“He personally participated in these crimes,” his indictment says.
During its tenure, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has sentenced 61 suspects in the genocide, and acquitted 14. Ten have also been referred for national trial, according to the tribunal’s website.
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