Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Genocide: Italian police arrest priest over Rwandan genocide

FOCUS Information Agency - Italian police arrested a priest serving in a Tuscan church on charges of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Ansa news agency said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Emmanuel Mihigo Uwayezu, 47, denies the charge and says he tried to save lives during the genocide, when an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed.

In May, the group African Rights accused Uwayezu, an ethnic Hutu, of being involved in the massacre of 80 young Tutsis in the south of Rwanda, the agency said.

Uwayezu, who has worked in Italy for more than 12 years and serves as the deputy priest in a church in the Tuscan town of Empoli, was arrested on a warrant issued by Rwandan authorities.
He is in custody awaiting extradition, police said.

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