DRC extradites key genocide suspect to Rwanda

Ladislas Ntaganzwa

Ladislas Ntaganzwa

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday handed over one of the wanted genocide suspects, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, 53, to Rwanda, for trial over his alleged role in the 1994 bloodshed in the East African nation.

Mr. Ntangazwa  was captured by the Congolese authorities near Goma, in eastern DRC thanks to the efforts of the international Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda (ICTR).

According to Rwanda, Ntaganzwa played a key part in training youth militias who participated in the killings, and he also organized mass rapes and the massacres of women.

The US had issued a $5m (£3.2m) reward for his arrest, describing him as one of the main instigators of the genocide. He was one of nine suspects still wanted by the UN for their alleged role in the genocide.

The head of Rwanda’s Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit, Jean-Bosco Siboyintore, “We are very happy to see this effected”  in response to the fugitive’s successful extradition Sunday.

Upon Ntaganzwa’s arrest in December, Richard Muhumuza, Rwanda’s Prosecutor General told The New Times, a local daily that Rwanda “is prepared to prosecute Ntaganzwa before the specialised International Crimes Chamber of the High Court for the crimes he is accused of.”