Indicted Rwandan genocide suspect surrenders to UN tribunal

[JURIST] Indicted former Rwandan government official Michel Bagaragaza surrendered himself to officials from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday. Bagaragaza has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide and complicity in genocide and is alleged to have ordered his own subordinates and others to kill hundreds of Tutsi civilian refugees seeking shelter in a tea factory he supervised. He also faces charges of training, supporting, financing, and arming the Hutu Interahamwes [Wikipedia profile], armed militia groups that attacked Tutsi civilians. ICTR Prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow welcomed the surrender as one of the final outstanding indictments against Akazu, a select group of governmental and business leaders that exercised great power in the events leading up to the 1994 genocide. Read the ICTR official press release.

 

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