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Rwanda To Seek Extradition of Hutu Rebel Leader


Rwandan officials say they plan to seek the extradition of a Rwandan Hutu rebel leader recently arrested in Germany.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Murganda says officials will request that Ignace Murwanashyaka, the head of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, return to Rwanda to face justice for his role in crimes committed by rebel troops in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Murwanashyaka was arrested in the city of Mannheim on immigration charges. Officials said he has been living off and on in Germany for years.

Since last November, he has been under United Nations Security Council sanctions that have frozen his assets and prohibited him from traveling.

The United Nations says he violated an arms embargo in the Democratic Republic of Congo, designed to end a five-year civil war there.

Murwanashyaka's rebel group is based in Congo. Elements of the group are accused of having played an active role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

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