Rwandan War Crimes Suspect Arrested In Frankfurt

Ex-minister wanted for abetting genocide
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2007 8:30 AM CDT
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(Newser) – An ex-cabinet minister wanted for war crimes during the 1994 Rwandan genocide has been arrested in Germany after more than a decade on the lam. Deutsche Welle reports that a manhunt had tracked Augustin Ngirabatware since July as he shuttled between hotels and apartments before being caught on Wednesday near Frankfurt. He is one of only a dozen or so Hutus still wanted for war crimes.

The former planning minister is accused of funneling weapons to Hutu militiamen during Rwanda's 1994 civil war, which claimed 800,000 victims in two months, most of them Tutsis. German authorities will try to extradite Ngirabatware to Tanzania, the home of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Frankfurt prosecutors admitted, however, that extradition might take some time.