Ex-Rwandan minister arrested on genocide charges

A former Rwandan minister was arrested in neighboring Tanzania this week and will be tried for participating in the central African nation's 1994 genocide, a U.N. court said on Tuesday.

Ex-Rwandan minister arrested on genocide charges
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), set up to try those who led the 100-day slaughter of 800,000 people, said former youth and sport minister Callixte Nzabonimana was arrested on Monday in the town of Kigoma.

"His arrest was facilitated by the tracking team of the office of the prosecutor," said the ICTR, based in Tanzania.

Nzabonimana, 55, faces six charges, it added.

"Nzabonimana allegedly conspired to work out a plan with the intent to exterminate the civilian Tutsi population and eliminate members of the opposition," it said.

"Nzabonimana will be presented to a judge of the tribunal very soon for his initial appearance."

The U.N. court, based in Arusha town near Mount Kilimanjaro, is due to wind up its work this year. With fewer than four cases a year completed since it began in 1997, the court has been criticized by many genocide survivors for its slow progress.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Şubat 2008, 18:21