Five Rwandan men have been arrested by police in the UK on suspicion of involvement in the 1994 genocide in their country, following an extradition request from prosecutors in Rwanda, who want them to face charges of crimes against humanity.
The five lived all over the country – in Manchester, Bedford, London, Essex and Kent. In 2009, four of them, who all denied any involvement in the genocide, won a legal battle to stop their extradition after senior judges ruled that they might not get a fair trial. Three are former mayors.
Welcoming the arrests, Rwanda's chief prosecutor, Martin Ngoga, said Rwanda had made ‘significant progress’ on addressing concerns about fair trials since 2009. The men are due to appear in court on June 5.
Rwanda’s genocide has the dubious distinction of being the fastest in human history. In just 100 days, at least 800,000 people – mainly Tutsis – were murdered by Hutu extremists.