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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 30, 2002


Arrest of Rwanda Genocide Suspect Tharcisse Renzaho

The United States welcomes the recent apprehension and transfer by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo of Tharcisse Renzaho to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Renzaho, the former prefect of Kigali, is alleged to be one of the masterminds of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He is believed to be a leader of the Army for the Liberation of Rwanda (ALIR) and to have played a commanding role in the war that has gripped the Great Lakes region of Africa. The arrest of Renzaho is part of a commitment that President Joseph Kabila made to President George W. Bush during the UN General Assembly in New York. We urge President Kabila and the members of his government, as well as all states in the region, to continue down this path and arrest all persons indicted for genocide who remain at large.

The apprehension of Renzaho caps a week that saw great progress towards peace in the region with the Government of Rwanda making significant withdrawals of forces from the Congo and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo cutting ties with the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), the political leadership of ALIR. This is the third arrest of an alleged leader of the Rwandan genocide since the beginning of the Rewards for Justice Campaign, which offers up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of persons indicted for war crimes.


Released on September 30, 2002

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