Rwandan arrested for suspected participation in genocide
A Rwandan national was arrested in Germany on Monday on suspicion of participating in genocide, federal prosecutors announced, dpa reported.
The 53-year-old member of the Hutu tribe, identified as Onesphore R, is suspected of leading three massacres against the rival Tutsi minority in 1994, when he was allegedly the mayor of a northern Rwandan community.
At least 3,730 people are thought to have been murdered in the attacks. The Tutsis had sought refuge from marauding soldiers, policemen, militia and civilians in church buildings, state prosecutors in Karlsruhe said.
The suspect, who arrived in Germany as a refugee in 2002, was first held in custody for six months from December 2008, but was released because the evidence against him was based on hearsay.
A new arrest warrant was issued on July 21.
The 1994 Rwandan genocide left at least 800,000 dead, most of whom were members of the Tutsi minority.