Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pentecostal Pastor arrested for Crimes Against Humanity

KAMPALA, Uganda—A Rwandan pastor facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity has been arrested in Uganda 16 years later, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi is accused of inciting and directing dozens of attackers to kill Tutsis during the 100-day genocide that began in April 1994. At least 500,000 members of the Tutsi ethnic minority and moderates from the Hutu majority were slaughtered.

Survivors of the attacks were brought to Mr. Uwinkindi's church to be killed, according to the indictment against him at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. About 2,000 bodies were found near the church when Mr. Uwinkindi fled Rwanda in July 1994, it said.

There was a $5 million reward for Mr. Uwinkindi's arrest. Uganda police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba said he was arrested Wednesday following a tip from government intelligence.

Mr. Uwinkindi, a Pentecostal pastor, was one of nearly a dozen suspects who remain at large 16 years after the genocide. Police said arrangements were being made to transfer him to the international tribunal, located in Arusha, Tanzania.

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