France Arrests Rwandan Over Atrocities in Congo





PARIS — French police officers on Monday arrested a Rwandan believed to be a leader of a movement involved in a recent terrorist campaign in the Kivu region of Congo in which thousands of civilians have been killed and raped.

Armed with an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the police detained the Rwandan, Callixte Mbarushimana, 47, shortly after dawn at his home in Paris, a court official said. He is wanted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to a statement from the court.

The Rwandan’s activities had been tracked for more than 18 months in several countries, including France, Germany, Congo and Rwanda, the court official said.

A court must decide on whether Mr. Mbarushimana, who has the status of political refugee and has lived in France for several years, will be transferred to the international court in The Hague. The process could take several days or more, because the decision can be appealed....


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