DRC extradites two rebel Hutu leaders to Rwanda

They were extradited as part of a judicial co-operation agreement between the DRC and Rwanda
TO GO WITH AFP STORY:DRCongo-unrest-rape-rebels, By Emanuel Peuchot This picture taken on September 2, 2010 shows Soldiers of the congolese army, FARDC, fold a D.R. Congo flag following the burial of a fellow soldier killed during a battle with the rebels of the FDLR at an airstrip close to the mining town of Walikale in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo near the village of Luvungi that was attacked on July 30, 2010 by Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and local militia. Hutu rebels and their militia allies blamed for the mass rape of 284 women in the Democratic Republic of Congo “hunted all night” and raped old and young alike, one of the survivors told AFP. AFP PHOTO / MARC HOFER (Photo by MARC HOFER / AFP)

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has extradited two leaders of the Rwanda Hutu FDLR rebels to Rwanda, as part of a legal agreement.

“These two people were subject to arrest warrants, wanted by the legal authorities in their country,” said government spokesperson Lambert Mende.

“We extradited them as part of a judicial co-operation agreement between the DRC and Rwanda,” he added.

One of the two men extradited was Bazeye Fils La Forge, spokesman for the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR).

In mid-December, the Congolese authorities confirmed an announcement by the Rwandan authorities that they had arrested the two leaders in DRC.

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The FDLR, founded in 2000, has been fighting in eastern DRC for decades.

The authorities in Kigali say the group’s leaders took part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which some 800 000 people, mainly minority Tutsis, were slaughtered by the military and by Hutu militias.

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