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Bernard Munyagishari Transferred to Arusha

Bernard Munyagishari, former President of Interahamwe for Gisenyi was on 14 June 2011 transferred from Goma, in the Democtratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the United Nations Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania.

On 25 May 2011 Munyagishari was arrested in an operation mounted by the DRC Armed Forces, in collaboration with the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) Tracking Unit in Kachanga, North Kivu.

He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in accordance with Rule 62 of the Tribunal Rules during which he will answer to charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape, preferred against him.

The accused is alleged to have recruited, trained and led Interhamwe militiamen in mass killings and rapes of Tutsi women in Gisenyi and beyond between April and July 1994.

The Registrar, Mr. Adama Dieng, hailed the DRC authorities for their cooperation in executing the warrant of arrest and processing the transfer of the accused to Arusha to face prosecution.

Munyagishari, born in 1959 in Rubavu commune in Gisenyi prefecture, was arrested pursuant to an international warrant issued by Judge Egorov Sergey Alekseevich on 8 September 2005.

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