Rwandan genocide suspect arrested on Mayotte: Legal source

Octavien Ngenzi is accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Updated: Jun 04, 2010, 09:27 AM IST

Paris: A Rwandan accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide in his country was on Thursday arrested in the French Indian Ocean territory of Mayotte, legal sources said.

Octavien Ngenzi, a former mayor of the town of Kabarondo who is suspected of having taken part in the massacre of hundreds of ethnic Tutsis, is the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by Rwanda last year.

He was being held in Mamoudzou, the capital of the French overseas territory, legal sources in Paris said. The charges against him include crimes against humanity and genocide.

Rwandan authorities suspect him of having ordered and led several massacres in Kibungo province, including one carried out on April 13, 1994 by Hutu militiamen in a church in Kabarondo that left a thousand Tutsis dead.

Another Rwandan facing genocide charges, Pascal Simbikangwa, was arrested on Mayotte in 2008 and is currently being held in Paris.