Rwandan suspect Felicien Kabuga be handed over to a UN tribunal
Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga © United Nations/AFP

(PARIS, 3 JUNE 2020): A French court on Wednesday approved the transfer Felicien Kabuga to a UN tribunal.

 

The Rwandan suspect is accused of financing the 1994 genocide of some 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu.

 

Kabuga was arrested on May 16 outside Paris, where he had been living under a false identity.

 

His lawyers argued before the Paris court that the 87-year-old should be allowed to stay in France because of poor health.

 

They can still appeal the decision to hand him over to the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT).

 

Kabuga, once one of Rwanda’s richest men, was indicted by the tribunal in 1997 on seven counts, including genocide.