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Friday, 3 March, 2000, 14:26 GMT
US extradites Rwandan pastor
Rwanda massacre
More than 800,000 people died during the 1994 genocide
A clergyman is being extradited by the United States to face genocide charges at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, 75, is a former president of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rwanda, where Hutu troops and mobs killed more than 800,000 people, mainly minority Tutsis, in three months in 1994.

UN prosecutors say that Mr Ntakirutimana encouraged a large group of Tutsi men, women and children to seek refuge in a church and hospital and then took part in their massacre.

Hundreds of people died in the day-long attack.

The US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, authorised the extradition after the Supreme Court dismissed his final appeal.

No treaty

Mr Ntakirutimana's lawyers had argued that there is no extradition treaty between the US and the UN tribunal, which sits in Arusha, Tanzania.

Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright: Final decision on extradition
But the court ruled that a 1996 federal law allowed the extradition in the absence of a treaty.

David Scheffer, the US ambassador for war crimes, said Mr Ntakirutimana would be flown to Tanzania shortly.

"It will be up to the US marshals to determine the precise day and time that he is actually flown to Arusha, with all security considerations in mind," he said.

Mr Ntakirutimana was arrested in 1996 in Texas, where his son lives. He had moved there legally with a permanent resident visa.

In a second incident, Mr Ntakirutimana allegedly provided food and drink to armed attackers and instructed them to kill Tutsis.

One witness reported seeing Mr Ntakirutimana shooting at Tutsis.

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