A senior military officer, Captain Innocent Sagahutu, was yesterday transferred to the Detention Facility of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha from Denmark where he had been detained on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by the Tribunal.
Captain Sagahutu, formerly second-in-command of the Reconnaissance Battalion and Commander of Company A in the same Battalion of the Rwanda Armed Forces, will shortly appear before a Trial Chamber of the Tribunal to answer the charges against him. These include charges relating to his alleged involvement in the killing of former Prime Minister, Mrs Agathe Uwilingiyimana, and ten Belgian soldiers who were guarding her.
The accused is charged with twelve counts of complicity in genocide, genocide, crimes against humanity, including rape, and violations of the Geneva Conventions.
The Tribunal has already assigned duty counsel to advise and assist Captain Sagahutu pending his designation of counsel or, if he is found to be indigent, assignment of counsel as required by the existing Rules and guidelines.
Captain Sagahutu was arrested in Ringkjøbing, Denmark on 15 February 2000. His transfer brings the number of persons held in the Detention Facility in Arusha to 43.