Genocide suspect arrested in Congo

After 15 years in hiding, Grégoire Ndahimana is arrested in North Kivu for the alleged murder of 2,000 Tutsi civilians during the Rwandan Genocide.

Ndahimana was among the approximately twelve war criminals from the genocide thought uncaptured, and was considered a ‘Category 1’ suspect by the ICTR, a rank reserved for the perceived masterminds of the 1994 genocide. In May 2008, the US Department of State issued a Rewards for Justice poster stating that part of a $5 million USD reward could be paid for information leading to his capture.

On August 11 2009 Ndahimana was captured by a UN-backed joint Rwandan-Congolese task force. Ndahimana had been hiding amongst, and fighting alongside, FDLR Hutu rebels, according to Congolese Information Minister Lambert Mende.

The soldiers arrested Ndahimana in a village in North Kivu after catching him by surprise while he “was coming to look for some food within the local population,” according to army spokesperson Olivier Hamuli. The arrest was announced on the following day. Ndahimana had been in hiding for 15 years, and, according to Rwanda’s justice minister Tharcisse Karugarama, was considered by the government to be “…one of the big ones.”

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