post Rwandan Arrested in Germany

November 18th, 2009

Filed under: News from Germany — Lissan Magazine @ 14:40

Germany Arrests Rwandan War Crimes Suspects
By Horand Knaup, Spiegel Online

The Hutu militia FDLR is responsible for much of the violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where murder, massacres, rape and kidnapping are widespread. The FDLR’s leaders have lived untouched in Germany for years. Now the authorities have reacted — far too late.

Ignace Murwanashyaka, seen here in a March 2005 photo, was arrested Tuesday in Germany.

For a long time, Ignace Murwanashyaka’s life in Germany was uneventful. The alleged war criminal lived largely unnoticed in Mannheim, despite suspicions that he had a hand in ordering from afar many of the atrocities committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Tuesday, though, Murwanashyaka’s life of tranquillity came to an abrupt end when investigators from Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office arrested the 46-year-old.

According to federal prosecutors, Murwanashyaka has been head of the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) since 2001. The FDLR is a paramilitary organization involved in the Congolese civil war and which operates near the border with Rwanda. Investigators maintain that Murwanashyaka is the commander of the FDLR’s military wing.

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