The suspected leader of an extremist Hutu militia was in custody today after being arrested in eastern Congo following years on the run.
Bernard Munyagishari was wanted on charges of genocide and other crimes.
North Kivu governor Julien Paluku said Munyagishari was arrested and taken to Kinshasa, Congo’s capital. The prosecutor of the Tanzania-based United Nations court for Rwanda’s 1994 genocide said he would be brought for trial.
Munyagishari is said to have led the Interahamwe militia that committed mass rapes and killings of Tutsis in western Rwanda.
The United Nations Security Council welcomed Munyagishari’s capture and congratulated Congolese authorities on their participation in the arrest and co-operation with the international court.
The council’s 15 members reiterated their support for the search of the remaining fugitives, and called on UN member states “to continue to fight all forms of impunity in the Great Lakes Region”.
Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow said Munyagishari’s arrest leaves nine fugitives still at large.
At least 500,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed during Rwanda’s genocide.