Genocide in Rwanda: one of the last wanted fugitives arrested in South Africa

One of the last four fugitives wanted for their role in the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994 was arrested on Wednesday in South Africa and will be tried, announced on Thursday May 25 the UN prosecutors investigating the case. Fulgence Kayishema is notably accused of having murdered, with other individuals, more than 2,000 men, women, elderly people and refugee children in the church of Nyange on April 15, 1994.

Wanted for his role in the 100-day genocide that killed 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu, Fulgence Kayishema had been on the run since 2001. A former police inspector born in 1961, according to the court, he was charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity.

He was living under a fake name

The suspect was apprehended at a wine farm in Paarl, about 60 kilometers from Cape Town, and was living under the false name of Donatien Nibashumba, South African police said in a statement.

Many Rwandans have been sentenced by the justice of their country, international justice or that of Western countries for acts related to the genocide of the Tutsi in 1994. The ICTR condemned 62 people, inflicting in particular 30 years of imprisonment on the former minister Rwandan Augustin Ngirabatware.

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