THE HAGUE, Netherlands, A prime suspect in the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s, who is accused of organizing the massacre of more than 20,000 people, was arrested this week, the United Nations announced.
Ladislas Ntaganzwa, 53, was one of nine suspects still at large and sought by the U.N. Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda, based in The Hague, Netherlands, until his arrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As mayor of the Nyakizu Commune in 1994 and a leader in the Hutu ethnic group, he allegedly oversaw the murder of thousands of the Tutsi population in his jurisdiction, a UN statement said. He also is accused of numerous incidents of rape and sexual violence against women.
Ntaganzwa was first indicted in 1996 for crimes against humanity. The indictment mentions incidents in which he distributed weapons to civilians who shot into crowds of Tutsis at his direction.
“He personally participated in these crimes,” the indictment says.
Rwanda has requested Ntaganzwa be extradited to stand trial.
More than 1 million people were killed in the Rwanda genocide, and the United States offered up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of any of the nine suspects, including Ntaganzwa.
By Ed Adamczyk