French catch ‘Eichmann of Africa - architect of Rwanda genocide’

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French catch ‘Eichmann of Africa - architect of Rwanda genocide’

Without Félicien Kabuga’s tea and coffee fortune the mass slaughter might not have happened, it is believed

Adrian Blomfield

French police have seized the man accused of masterminding the Rwandan genocide, ending a transcontinental 26-year manhunt for “the Eichmann of Africa”.

Félicien Kabuga was arrested in the northern outskirts of Paris after a dawn raid on his flat. Officers said the 84-year-old had been living there under an assumed identity.

French authorities released few details about the operation, beyond hailing the capture of “one of the world’s most wanted fugitives”. It is believed a series of simultaneous raids were carried out on addresses across France, some linked to Kabuga’s children, to ensure he did not escape. The British security services played an “essential” role in Saturday’s move that led to Kabuga’s capture, according to United Nations prosecutors. So, too, did investigators in the US – which has long had a $5m (R93m) bounty on his head – and Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland...

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