May 20, 2020 / 1:50 PM / a month ago

Indicted Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga appears before French court

A French Gendarme, wearing a protective face mask, stands in front of the courtroom during the initial extradition hearing for Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga at the Paris courthouse, France, May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, indicted in his absence on charges of bankrolling ethnic militias that massacred some 800,000 people in 1994, was brought before a French court on Wednesday.

In his first appearance in public in more than two decades, the octogenarian was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair, dressed in jeans and a blue jumper and wearing a face mask.

He spoke to confirm his identity.

Kabuga was arrested on Saturday in a Paris suburb and the court is to decide whether to transfer him for trial to a U.N. war crimes tribunal.

Reporting by Tangi Salaun; Writing by Richard Lough; editing by John Stonestreet

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