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Arrest and Transfer of Callixte Nzabonimana, Former Minister of Youth

Callixte Nzabonimana, a former minister of youth and sports in the interim Government of 1994 in Rwanda and also member of the Mouvement Républicain National pour le Développement et la Démocratie (MRND) was arrested on 18 February 2008 in Kigoma town, Tanzania. His arrest was facilitated by the tracking Team of the office of the Prosecutor. He will be transferred today to the United Nations Detention Facility (UNDF) to Arusha. Nzabonimana will be presented to a Judge of the tribunal very soon for his initial appearance.

Nzabonimana, 55, is facing six counts charging him with Conspiracy to Commit Genocide, Genocide, Complicity in Genocide, Direct and Public Incitements to commit Genocide, Crime against Humanity and Violations of Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol II.

Nzabonimana allegedly conspired to work out a plan with the intent to exterminate the civilian Tutsi population and eliminate members of the opposition.

In the amended indictment dated 21 November 2001, Callixte Nzabonimana is jointly charged with six other accused persons including Augustin Bizimana, Edouard Karemera, Andre Rwamakuba, Mathieu Ngirumpatse, Joseph Nzirorera and Felicien Kabuga.

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