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Serugendo Transferred to Arusha to Face Charges

Joseph Serugendo, former member of the Comité d’Initiative, the steering committee of Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, (RTLM) and a former member of the National Committee of the Interahamwe militia, was transferred today to the Detention Facility of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. He will face charges in connection with his alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Serugendo, 52, was arrested on 16 September 2005 in Libreville, Gabon at the request of the Tribunal. His arrest brings to 71 the number of accused people who have been arrested by the Tribunal.

The accused was also Technical Chief of Radio Rwanda and RTLM. He is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide and persecution as a crime against humanity. Serugendo is alleged to have acted in concert with others including Ferdinand Nahimana, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, Phocas Habimana and Félicien Kabuga, to organize and conduct the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

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