A man suspected of being involved with the 1994 Rwandan genocide has been detained in Holland.
The 69-year-old suspect was arrested on March 19th by members of the Dutch police’s International Crimes Unit. Prosecutors said Rwandan authorities have already put forward a request calling for the suspect’s extradition. The suspect has been identified only as Venant R.
According to AP, local authorities in Rwanda claim Venant was the regional director of an agricultural institute located just outside the southern Rwandan city of Butare in 1994. More than 1,000 Tutsi men, women and children are believed to have been killed in the area during the genocide.
Rwandan authorities have accused the suspect of summoning soldiers and militias to the institute, who then killed the Tutsis.
Records show that Venant R. applied for asylum in the Netherlands in 2000, but his application was rejected. There has been no formal statement indicating if he will be extradited back to his home country.