The Democratic Republic of Congo transferred a suspect in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide to Rwanda on Sunday.
Ladislas Ntaganzwa, a former Rwandan mayor indicted for his alleged role in the slaughter of some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus by ethnic Hutu militias, was arrested in eastern Congo in December.
Ntaganzwa – who headed the commune of Nyakizu in southern Rwanda and was indicted in 1996 by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda – is accused of genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide as well as extermination, murder and rape.
The United States had offered up to $5 million for information leading to his arrest.
The Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which closed in December – has convicted 61 people for involvement in the genocide, including leading military and government officials.
New cases stemming from the genocide are expected to be heard by Rwandan courts or a separate tribunal – the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals – backed by the United Nations.