Rwanda genocide suspect arrested in France


French police have arrested a doctor suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and wanted by Interpol, authorities in the town of Sannois near Paris said.

Eugene Rwamucyo was arrested while attending the funeral of Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, a former Rwandan official who had died in prison while serving a sentence for taking part in the organised massacres, the office of the mayor of Sannois said.

The arrest was made under a 2006 warrant issued at the request of Rwanda.

Rwamucyo was suspended from his job in a French hospital last year after a nurse did an Internet search and saw his name on the Interpol website which listed his alleged offences as “genocide, war crimes”.

According to French media reports, he now lives in Belgium.

He has denied any involvement in the 100-day massacre in Rwanda, in which an estimated 800 000 ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu authorities.

French prosecutors opened an investigation into Rwamucyo in 2008 but did not inform or summon him at any point. He has been refused status as a political refugee but nevertheless obtained a French residence permit.