Rwandan Genocide Pastor Arrested in Uganda

Rwanda's Genocide Victims

Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi, a pastor in the Kigali-Rural prefecture, accused of leading and coordinating attacks on his country’s minority Tutsis during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, has been arrested in Uganda, a police spokeswoman said on Friday. Uwinkindi was taken into custody on Wednesday in Isingiro district, southwest Uganda. He is accused by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) of genocide and crimes against humanity during the slaughter in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed.

Police spokeswoman, Judith Nabakoba said “The information I have is that he entered the country on Tuesday from the Democratic Republic of Congo but our intelligence operatives were tracking him and he was arrested on Wednesday.” She could not confirm whether Uwinkindi had been transferred to the custody of the tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania.

According to an ICTR indictment, Uwinkindi led a group of killers to look for and exterminate Tutsi, in particular Tutsi civilians from Kanzenze commune. He is the second Rwandan genocide suspect to be arrested in Uganda in less than a year. In October 2009 Uganda seized another suspect, Idelphonse Nizeyimana, after he slipped into the country from Congo.

Nizeyimana was a former deputy intelligence chief in Rwanda and was accused of genocide, complicity in genocide and public incitement to commit genocide. “We’ve been improving our intelligence coordination with neighbouring countries and that has made it easier for us to track these suspects and arrest them,” the police spokeswoman said.

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