Rwanda genocide

UN prosecutor confirms death of last two Rwanda genocide fugitives

UN prosecutor confirms death of last two Rwanda genocide fugitives
Pictures of people who were killed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide hang in the Kigali Genocide Museum on April 06, 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The country is preparing to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide in which 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed over a 100-day period. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, May 15 (Reuters) - The last two suspects sought by a U.N. tribunal over their alleged role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide died in 1998, the U.N. war crimes prosecutor tasked with finding them said on Wednesday.

The prosecutor said investigations had shown that fugitives “Ryandikayo” and Charles Sikubwabo had both died in 1998, around four years after they had fled Rwanda for what was then Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo.

Both had been charged with genocide, and with crimes against humanity including murder and extermination.

In the last four years, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals had already arrested two Rwandan genocide suspects and confirmed the deaths of four other fugitives.

The former U.N. tribunals for war crimes in Rwanda and Yugoslavia have been rolled over into a successor court that has offices in The Hague, Netherlands, and in Arusha, Tanzania.

There already were no remaining fugitives from the Yugoslavia tribunal and now all fugitives for the Rwanda tribunal have also been accounted for, with a number of cases still ongoing.

(Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Alison Williams)


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