Rwandan rebel chief arrested in France

October 11, 2010 12:00 am

, THE HAGUE, Oct 11 – Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana, wanted for warcrimes and crimes against humanity in Democratic Republic of Congo, was arrested in Paris on Monday, the International Criminal Court said.

"In accordance with the warrant of arrest issued under seals by the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 28 September, 2010, the French authorities arrested Mr Callixte Mbarushimana, suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Kivus, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)," the court said in a statement.

Mbarushimana, 47, a senior leader of the Rwandan Hutu rebel group the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, will face five charges of crimes against humanity and six war crimes charges for murders, rapes, torture and destruction of property, said the ICC.

The crimes were allegedly committed during a series of attacks in the DR Congo\’s Nord Kivu and Sud Kivu provinces in January and February 2009, according to the court.


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