Three Men Arrested In Belgium, Charged Over Rwanda Genocide

Three Men Arrested In Belgium, Charged Over Rwanda Genocide

By Exposed Uganda

The government of Belgium has arrested and charged three men for their involvement in the deadly 1994 Rwanda Genocide, which claimed the lives of over 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

The three suspects were  charged with serious abuse of human rights, the prosecutor’s office said on Saturday.

The office gave no details about the three but said their identities had been established with the help of witness testimony collected in Rwanda by a Belgian investigation.

“Two were arrested on Tuesday in Brussels and the third on Wednesday in Hainault (province),” said Eric Van Duyse, spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office.

“All three have been charged with serious human rights abuses,” the spokesman said.

“One of the men has been put under electronic surveillance while the two others are in detention,” he added.

Whether the men face trial will be “decided in the end by the dossier compiled by the investigating magistrate and the prosecutor’s office,” Van Duyse said.

Some 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis but also moderate Hutus, died in the 1994 genocide.

Belgium has held five trials since 2001 of Rwandans implicated in the killings, with four that year – including two nuns – sentenced to terms of up to 20 years for handing over Tutsis in their shelter to Hutu fighters.

Last December, former senior Rwandan official Fabien Neretse was found guilty of genocide and sentenced to 25 years’ prison.

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