Former Murambi Mayor
Arrested in Congo Brazza
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks,September 12, 2002 Thursday
A Rwandan genocide suspect, known as Jean-Baptiste Gatete, has been
arrested in the Republic of Congo, a spokesman for the International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Kingsley Moghalu, told IRIN on Thursday.
Gatete - whose real name is Jean Nsengiyumva - was indicted by the
tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania, for genocide and crimes against humanity, committed
As the former mayor of Murambi commune, he allegedly
orchestrated the killings that took place in the southeastern prefecture of Kibungo.
He was reportedly arrested on Wednesday in the small village of
Ngombe, north of the RoC capital Brazzaville.
According to the AP news agency, local authorities said he taught at a local
college and was a leader of the local Rwandan community in exile.
He had been living in RoC since 1996.
Moghalu declined to comment on either the location or circumstances
of his arrest until a "more appropriate" time.
Gatete was one of eight Rwandans believed to have taken refuge in the
Democratic Republic of Congo after the Rwandan genocide.
In June, US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, Pierre-Richard
Prosper, told reporters in Nairobi that this group constituted the
leadership of the Hutu extremist Armee de liberation du Rwanda (ALIR).