Angola Surrenders Gen. Bizimungu to Rwanda Tribunal

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Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Bruce Zagaris
On August 14, 2002, the Angolan Government flew from Luanda General Augustin Bizimungu, the Rwandan army?s chief of staff during the genocide of more than a half a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus, and surrendering him to the International Criminal Tribunal in Tanzania a move that observers believe had wider ramifications for regional peace. The media report said General Bizimungu was reportedly identified in a camp for demobilized soldiers of the rebel group Unita. He is one of the most senior former Rwandan military commanders to be surrendered to the Tribunal. Bizimungu is the first of nine principle genocide suspects for which the U.S. Government has offered up to $ 5 million for information leading to their arrest. On August 15, 2002 the Tribunal received 18 extra judges. The arrest and surrender of Bizimungu is showing that there may be no impunity for the top suspects in the Rwanda genocide. The adding of judges to the Rwanda Tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania also help provide resources a critical time for the ad hoc tribunal.