Why France’s arrest of a high-profile Rwandan genocide suspect won’t end with a trial in Kigali

The man accused of supplying the funds to import the primary tools of the genocide—machetes—ahead of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide has been captured in France. Félicien Kabuga is alleged to have been the main financier of Hutu extremists in the 1994 mass killings against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

An estimated one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed within a 100-day period.

Prior to the genocide, Kabuga was a well-known successful businessman within Rwanda. Under the regime of President Juvénal Habyarimana, which ran from 1973 to 1994, he held significant political power.

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