ICTR Defense Attorney Arrested for Genocide
The Australian is reporting that Tanzanian police have arrested Callixte Gakwaya, a defence attorney at the ICTR, on suspicion of involvement in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.
“He was arrested yesterday. He is now in custody,” regional police commander Basilio Matei said.
According to the arrest warrant, Gakwaya – who leads the defence team of a genocide suspect whose case comes up before the ICTR in January – supervised road blocks and massacred Tutsis as they tried to flee the Rwandan capital.
“Several Tutsis were killed,” according to the warrant.
He is also accused of personally killing Tutsis who sought refuge in his home.
Rwanda’s representative at the tribunal, Aloys Mutabingwa, confirmed Gakwaya’s arrest and said it showed “excellent co-operation with Tanzanian police”.
“Tanzania can refer him to its courts or extradite him to Rwanda. All we want is justice to be done,” Mr Mutabingwa said.
Additional information about the Gakwaya case is available in an earlier post, here.