Rwanda’s former mayor charged with involvement in genocide

Democratic Republic of Congo arrests man wanted for role in Rwandan, UN reports

Photo by: UN
Photo by: UN

Ladislas Ntaganzwa

One of the most wanted people in Rwanda, former mayor Ladislas Ntaganzwa, has been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo and accused of participation in the genocide in Rwanda 1994.

According to prosecutor Prosecutor General Richard Muhumuza, Ntaganzwa is accused of genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, extermination, murder and rape as well as for other crimes.

"The National Public Prosecution Authority is pleased to announce the recent arrest of Ladislas Ntaganzwa, one of the last fugitive suspects sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda," Muhumuza said.

A $5m bounty was given by Interpol for any information about Ntaganzwa while US calls him "one of the main instigators of the genocide."

Ntaganzwa’s arrest took place in the town of Nyanzale in North Kivu Province and he is amongst the nine people most wanted in connection with the genocide.

He was allegedly involved in the killing of more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, John Bosco Siboyintore, head of the genocide tracking unit at Rwanda’s Public Prosecution Authority said.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) stated that Ntaganzwan "substantially participated in the planning, preparation and execution of the massacre."

According to the UN, on 15 April 1994, Ntaganzwan directed an attack on Hutu civilians, Burundian refugees as well as Tutsis, after making sure they could not escape.

"Whereupon the gendarmes and communal police shot at the crowd of Tutsis killing and harming many, while the Hutu civilians and Burundian refugees armed with machete and knobkerries also attacked, killed and harmed Tutsis including those who tried to escape from the parish," the indictment by the UN said.

"[He] directed the attack by giving instructions through the megaphone including directions as to who should be killed; and personally shot into the crowd of Tutsis and killed five Tutsis."

TRTWorld and agencies