Dependable news from Stockhom,Sweden indicates that Swedish police has arrested a Rwandan genocide fugitive.
The suspect identified as Stanislous Mbanenande in his fifties, lived in Gävle, in central Sweden. According to the Swedish police he has both Swedish and Rwandan citizenship.
The suspect was arrested Thursday evening (10pm) at Bromma airport. The suspect is believed to have been returning from Liberia where he is said to have been working with a NGO.
“The remand hearing was expected today to be held in Stockholm,"if there’s time", according to Wretling. If not, the hearing will be held over Christmas,” Said the chief investigator Anders Wretling.
Wretling said that plenty of work remains to be done in the investigation, which has been going on since April.
The suspect was interrogated shortly after his arrest, and denies all crimes. His lawyer Tomas Nilsson assisted him in a police interrogation today (Friday) afternoon.
"As you surely understand, I can’t tell you what was said, except that my client denied all crimes," said Nilsson. This was the first time he met with the suspect.
"We’re happy to be able to give a clear signal that Sweden is no safe haven for war criminals," said Wretling.
Jean Bosco Siboyintore the head of the Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit of Rwanda has confirmed the developmet saying Mbanenande was arrested in partnership between the two countries.
This followed an arrest warrant and indictments issued in a search for the hiding perpetrator.
"We don’t want many of Genocide Fugitives to continuously get a blanket cover from different prosecution," John Bosco Siboyintore said in an interview with IGIHE.com.
According to Siboyintore, the arrest of Mbanenande was first announced on swidish Television.
He fled the country immidiately after 1994 Genocide. He is accused of organising attacks to exterminate and kill ethnic Tutsis.