Kenya on the spot over Kabuga

June 19, 2010 12:00 am

, UNITED NATIONS, Jun 19 – Kenya has failed to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in capturing of Felicien Kabuga, a fugitive accused of financing the 1994 genocide, the court\’s chief prosecutor told the UN on Friday.

"I regret to report… that there has been no further progress in the matter of cooperation with Kenya in relation to the case of Felicien Kabuga," ICTR chief prosecutor Hassan Jallow said as he briefed the UN Security Council on the court\’s activities over the past six months.

"Despite the copious evidence of Kabuga\’s entry, residence, activities and  occasional reported sightings of him in that country, Kenya has neither arrested him nor provided the information requested by the prosecutor to assist in the tracking and arrest of this fugitive," he added.

ICTR president, Dennis Byron, acting at Jallow\’s request, formally informed the president of 15-member Security Council, Mexican Ambassador Claude Heller, of Kenya\’s failure to cooperate "for consideration and appropriate action."

Kabuga is the most wanted of 11 genocide suspects sought by the Tanzania-based ICTR and still on the run. The United States has placed a five-million-dollar bounty on his head.

The wealthy businessman has been on the run for years since being indicted by the ICTR for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide that claimed 800,000 lives.

Kenya, where Kabuga allegedly found protection from senior officials in the previous government, denies he is in the country and has pledged to arrest him if discovered there.


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