French Court approves Felicien Kabuga’s extradition

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A court in the French capital, Paris, has approved the extradition of the Rwandan genocide suspect, Felicien Kabuga, to a UN international tribunal in The Hague.

The 84-year-old businessman was arrested last month in a suburb in Paris after 26 years on the run.

He is alleged to have backed and armed ethnic Hutu militias who slaughtered about 800,000 people in 1994.

In 1997 he was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal (ICTR) for Rwanda on seven counts including with genocide and crimes against humanity.

The UN tribunal wound up its operations in 2015 and its duties were transferred to another UN body – the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) that handles outstanding war crimes cases and is pressing for Mr Kabuga’s extradition.

Mr Kabuga has called the charges against him lies.

His lawyers had wanted him tried in France, saying he would be subjected to a “political” trial at the IRMCT.

Mr Kabuga can appeal against the decision to hand him over to the IRMCT, which is based both in the Tanzanian city of Arusha and The Hague in the Netherlands.