French authorities have confirmed the capture of Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga in Paris.
French Justice Ministry confirmed the development on Saturday morning saying Kabuga, 84, was living under a false identity in a flat in Asnieres-Sur-Seine, near Paris and had been pursued by international justice for 25 years.
Kabuga is Rwanda’s most-wanted man and the United States has put a $5 million bounty on his head.
A Hutu businessman, he is accused of funding the militias that massacred some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus over a span of 100 days in 1994.
Today, Félicien Kabuga – one of the world’s most wanted fugitives who is alleged to have been a leading figure in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda –was arrested in Paris by French authorities as the result of a joint investigation with the IRMCT Prosecutor. pic.twitter.com/UGbIciulGp
— Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) (@rbarwanda) May 16, 2020
The arrest paves the way for bringing the fugitive in front of the Paris Appeal Court and later to the International Court in The Hague.