US top diplomat insists Kabuga still in Kenya

KIGALI - The United States Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes, Stephen Rapp, has said that his office has intelligence reports confirming that the alleged financier of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Felicien Kabuga is still in Kenya. Rapp made the announcement on yesterday at the end of a visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) based in Arusha, Tanzania.

KIGALI - The United States Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes, Stephen Rapp, has said that his office has intelligence reports confirming that the alleged financier of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Felicien Kabuga is still in Kenya.

Rapp made the announcement on yesterday at the end of a visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) based in Arusha, Tanzania.

“We have intelligence indicating Kabuga is in Kenya,” said Rapp, himself a former Deputy Chief Prosecutor at the ICTR. He had made similar claims late last year.

“I’m going to Nairobi to talk to the Kenyan authorities about the arrest of Kabuga, who is still in Kenya,” he told the press.

Meanwhile, Rapp discussed the same issue yesterday with the tribunal’s president Dennis Byron and prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow.

Kenya has however denied allegations that Kabuga is still in the country. When contacted yesterday, ICTR Spokesman, Roland Amoussouga, said that Kenya has failed to prove that.

“We requested Kenya to provide evidence that Kabuga left this country but they have not done so,” Amoussouga said by phone yesterday.

Kabuga is the most wanted Genocide suspect sought by the ICTR still on the run. The United States has placed a five-million-dollar bounty on his head.

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