Dutch police detain genocide suspect sought by Rwanda
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have detained a Rwandan man suspected of involvement in his country’s 1994 genocide.
Prosecutors say in a statement that authorities in Rwanda have requested extradition of the man, identified only as Venant R. The 69-year-old was arrested Tuesday by the Dutch police’s International Crimes Unit.
Rwanda alleges he was regional director of an agricultural institute located outside of the southern Rwandan city of Butare in 1994 where more than 1,000 Tutsi men, women and children were killed during the genocide.
According to Dutch prosecutors, Rwandan authorities accuse the suspect of summoning to the institute soldiers and militias who killed the Tutsis.
Venant R. sought asylum in the Netherlands in 2000, but his application was rejected. It was not immediately clear when he will be extradited.