The Rwandan government has issued an international arrest warrant asking France to extradite Aloys Ntiwiragabo, who is believed to be one of the architects of the genocide that massacred around 800,000 people in 1994, mainly Tutsis.
71-year-old Ntiwiragabo, a former member of the Rwandan secret service, was located on the outskirts of the French city of Orleans by the investigation portal Mediapart.
The Rwandan public prosecutor this Wednesday confirmed the intention of the government of the African country to secure his transfer. “Given that he is one of the architects of the genocide, it is important that he be brought to justice at home as it will give survivors a sense of justice after many years,” said a public ministry spokesman Justin Nkusi .
The Ntiwiragabo petition comes three months after another genocide refugee, Félicien Kabuga, was arrested near Paris after a quarter of a century on the run. An international court has approved its surrender to the International Remaining Mechanism of Criminal Courts, heirs to the now-defunct International Criminal Court for Rwanda.