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January 18, 2012

Rwanda Arrests 4 Top Army Officers

by Peter Cobus

Rwanda's military has suspended four top army officers and placed them under house arrest for alleged illegal business dealings in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The army said the three and a colonel are under investigation for "acts of indiscipline." It said the four men are suspected of taking part in business deals with civilians across the border.

The United Nations has previously accused Rwanda of smuggling materials such as tin from the DRC.

The DRC government has little control over mines in the country's volatile eastern provinces, near the Rwandan border.

Among the officers arrested is Rwanda's military intelligence chief, Brigadier General Richard Rutatina.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.