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Uganda arrests genocide suspect
Former intelligence officer linked to Rwandan genocide is arrested in Kampala.
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2009 14:03 GMT
Hutus massacred at least 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis, in 100 days [EPA]

Uganda has arrested a former intelligence officer suspected of playing a major role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, police sources have said.

Idelphonse Nizeyimana was arrested on Monday at a guest house in the Ugandan capital after a tip-off, according to Interpol.

Nizeyimana is wanted for genocide, complicity to commit genocide and direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

Elly Womanya, the deputy director of Interpol, said that Interpol, the Ugandan authorities and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) worked together to find Nizeyimana.

Lieutenant-Colonel Felix Kulayigye, a spokesman for the Ugandan army, and a diplomat at the Rwandan embassy in Kampala confirmed the capture.
  
"Idelphonse Nizeyimana has been arrested," Kulayigye told the AFP news agency.
  
Nizeyimana, nick-named the Butcher of Butare, served as an intelligence officer in the Rwandan army in the southern town of Butare at the time of the genocide.

About 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by machete-wielding Hutus, also known as Interahamwe, in the genocide that lasted 100 days.
  
Nizeyimana is accused of having been one of the two leading organisers of the genocide in Butare, a university town.
  
He is on the wanted list of the ICTR and on a US list of Rwandan genocide suspects for whose capture a reward of $5,000 is offered.
  

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