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Thursday, 21 March, 2002, 21:05 GMT
Priest arrested over Rwanda genocide
Skulls on the massacred Rwandans
Rwanda lost 800,000 to the 1994 genocide
A former Rwandan priest has been arrested in Yaounde by the Cameroonian authorities on a warrant from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Hormisdas Nsengimana, 47, is charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in relation to the mass killing of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994.

He is alleged to have played a leading role in the killing of Tutsis in Butare province.

The arrest came as a former defence investigator at the tribunal was transferred to the tribunal's jail in Arusha, Tanzania , following a flight from Belgium.


Joseph Nzabirinda, a former youth organiser in Butare province, was arrested last December in Belgium on a tribunal warrant.

Bones of Rwanda genocide victims
Thousands ofTutsis were massacred in Butare province

The arrival of Mr Nzabirinda brings the number of detainees at the tribunal to 55. He is the second investigator arrested in connection with the genocide.

The tribunal's spokesman, Kingsley Moghalu said that Mr Nzabirinda, 44, will appear before the court in the near future to face the charges and also for allegedly conspiring with Joseph Kanyabashi, former mayor of Ngoma, to kill Tutsis in south-western Rwanda.

Fake documents

Mr Nzabirinda, who was also known as Birito, had worked in the defence team of another genocide suspect, Sylvain Nsabimana, the former governor of Butare.

However, Mr Nzabirinda's contract was terminated last November when he allegedly presented fake documents.

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