Police in Uganda have arrested and extradited a man who is among the most wanted suspects in the Rwandan genocide.
IIdephonse Nizeyimana was picked from a hotel in Rubaga, a suburb north of the capital Kampala, authorities said Tuesday. He was extradited to Tanzania, where the U.N.-sponsored International Criminal Tribunal (ICTR) for Rwanda is based. Top officials who allegedly took part in the genocide, such as army generals and politicians, are tried in the court. “He (Nizeyimana) is among the top three most-wanted suspects for the Rwanda genocide (and) was arrested yesterday and detained overnight,” said police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba. In the attacks that started in April 1994, Hutu militias and members of the general population sought out Tutsis and moderate Hutus, and went on a 100-day killing rampage.
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Civilians and children got incentives to take part in the atrocities, including promises of land belonging to their Tutsi neighbors. It was one of the most brutal genocides in modern history. Some figures put the number of dead at 1 million — 10 percent of the population of the central African nation. Millions more were raped and disfigured. A whole generation of children lost their parents. The tribunal is seeking at least 10 more genocide suspects.