Congo officials: Rwanda genocide suspect arrested

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Posted: May 27, 2011 9:04 AM
Congo officials: Rwanda genocide suspect arrested

A Congolese official says the suspected leader of an extremist Hutu militia has been arrested in eastern Congo after years on the run.

Bernard Munyagishari was wanted on charges of genocide and other crimes.

North Kivu governor Julien Paluku said Friday that Munyagishari was arrested and taken to Kinshasa, Congo's capital. The prosecutor of the Tanzania-based United Nations court for Rwanda's 1994 genocide says he will be brought for trial.

Munyagishari is alleged to have led the Interahamwe militia that committed mass rapes and killings of Tutsis in western Rwanda.

Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow says Munyagishari's arrest leaves nine fugitives still at large.

At least 500,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed during Rwanda's genocide.