The Norwegian Police, on Tuesday, arrested Sadi Bugingo, a fugitive linked to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Rwanda sent his indictment and arrest warrant to Norway in January 2008.
“Norwegian investigators and prosecutors came to Rwanda to gather information. And they have been investigating him for the last two years,” said John Bosco Siboyintore, the acting head of the Genocide Fugitives Tracking Unit (GFTU).
“We gave them compelling evidence which they used to arrest him.”
During the Genocide, Bugingo was allegedly a high profile militia member in Kibungo Prefecture, now Ngoma District, and a renowned businessman in Kibungo town.
He is accused of Genocide, complicity in Genocide, conspiracy to commit Genocide and crimes against humanity.
Also included on the charge sheet is murder, extermination and the formation, membership, leadership, and participation in an association of a criminal gang, whose purpose and existence is to do harm to people or their property.
Jacqueline Mudahogora, a survivor of the Kibungo killings, who now lives in Kabuga welcomed the news.
“It is good news that the likely killers of my parents, brothers and family friends, are arrested.
I only hope that he gets the most befitting punishment, but I don’t know which form of punishment; only God knows, ” she said.
Mudahogora, a mother of three, says she does not know Bugingo, in person, but the period of suffering and fear, in 1994, is a horror that never goes away.
During his heydays, Bugingo allegedly killed people at the Economat général of Kibungo Diocese and at Kibungo Baptist Church.
He is also accused of participating in the murders of Tutsi in various areas including Birenga, Zaza, and Nyakarambi.
Bugingo is the second Genocide fugitive arrested in Norway, after Charles Bandora.
Bandora was arrested last year as he tried to enter Oslo Airport on false papers, posing as Frank Kamwana, a Malian national.