Congo Will Extradite Top Rwandan Genocide Fugitive

The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to extradite Ladislas Ntaganzwa, a Rwandan genocide suspect arrested near its eastern city of Goma in December, Information Minister Lambert Mende said.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda indicted Ntaganzwa, a former mayor, with five counts including genocide and other crimes against humanity. It later transferred his case for national prosecution in Rwanda. The U.S. Department of State had offered a $5 million bounty for information leading to his arrest, transfer or conviction, saying he was a key organizer of the 1994 killings.

“The government of Congo cannot allow somebody accused of serious crimes like genocide to live on the country’s soil without facing trial,” Mende said by phone from the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, adding the transfer would be “soon.”

Rwanda accuses Ntaganzwa of personally organizing the massacre of 20,000 people during the 100-day genocide that killed more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus. He has been on the run for more than two decades. He and his lawyers have not commented on the allegations, according to the British Broadcasting Corp.

Last week, Rwanda arrested a top Congolese rebel leader that Mende said his government wanted sent back home for justice. Seraphin Mirindi of the M23 rebellion that was defeated in 2013.

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