Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have today arrested one of the nine ICTR fugitives, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, a former mayor of Nyakizu Commune in the Prefecture of Butare.

Mr Ntaganzwa was indicted by the ICTR for genocide and crimes against humanity for the massacre of thousands of Tutsis at various locations in his locality including at Cyahinda Parish and at Gasasa Hill during the 1994 Rwandan genocide against Tutsis during which moderate Hutus and others who opposed the genocide were killed. He was also alleged to have orchestrated the rape and sexual violence committed against many women. He was one of the six fugitives whose cases were referred to Rwanda by the Prosecutor of the ICTR under Rule 11bis for trial.

The Prosecutor of the Mechanism, Justice Hassan B. Jallow, informed the Security Council of the arrest of Mr Ntaganzwa during his briefing today. He also thanked the authorities of the DRC for their cooperation and urged them to transfer the accused to Rwanda for trial without delay.

Eight other fugitives: Felicien Kabuga, Augustin Bizimana, Protais Mpiranya, Fulgence Kayishema, Pheneas Munyarugarama, Aloys Ndimbati, Ryandikayo, and Charles Sikubwabo, remain at large and there is a reward of up to 5 million United States Dollars for information leading to their arrest and transfer to the appropriate jurisdiction for trial.

The Office of The Prosecutor of the Mechanism continues to work closely with Rwandan authorities, INTERPOL, and the United States Department of State through its Rewards for Justice Program in the location of the remaining fugitives and to secure their arrest. In this regard, the Prosecutor of the Mechanism, Justice Hassan B. Jallow, welcomed today’s statements of support from the Security Council and its call for States to cooperate fully with the Mechanism in securing the arrest of the 8 remaining fugitives.