Top FDLR Commander Captured

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Des soldats Rebel de FDLR à l’Est de la RDC le 06/02/2009. Radio Okapi.net

DR Congo’s army captured a senior member of the FDLR, the Rwandan Hutu rebel force accused of regular atrocities on Congolese soil.

Army spokesman Major Guillaume Ndjike told AFP that Habiarimana Mucebo Sofuni had been captured in Rutshuru, in the restive eastern DR Congo’s Nord-Kivu province.

Sofuni served as a commander in charge of intelligence for the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), created by Rwandan Hutu refugees in the eastern DRC after the genocide of Tutsis by majority Hutus in neighbouring Rwanda in 1994.

A local rights group, the Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO), said Sofuni had been detained Sunday.

Sofuni “has been transferred to (regional capital) Goma for interrogation,” Ndjike said, without giving details of the circumstances of his arrest.

The FDLR, opposed to the current Rwandan government, has not launched any large-scale offensive in Rwanda since 2001. The group is regularly accused of committing atrocities against civilians in the zones under its control in the eastern DRC.

Some of its founders are wanted by international prosecutors, accused of playing an active part in the genocide.

In August the Congolese army arrested Patrick Sabimana — security chief to Rwandan Hutu leader Sylvestre Mudacumura, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges including rape, torture and pillage.

Eastern DR Congo has been torn for more than two decades by armed conflicts fed by ethnic and land disputes, competition for control of a wealth of mineral resources, and regional rivalries.

 

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