7 Oct 2009

Rwanda genocide suspect captured

10:17 am on 7 October 2009

One of the most-wanted suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide has been arrested in Uganda.

Former intelligence chief Idelphonse Nizeyimana is accused of organising the killing of thousands of ethnic Tutsis - including the revered former queen.

The BBC reports he is being extradited to the international tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania to face genocide charges.

Correspondents say he was travelling to Kenya from the Democratic Republic of Congo with false travel documents when when he was detained.

The former army captain was head of intelligence and military operations during the genocide. He is accused of setting up special military units to help carry out 100 days of slaughter.

An estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda is still trying to find 11 fugitives. So far 40 people have been found guilty by the tribunal which is due to finish its work by the end of next year.