How French investigators track executioners and war criminals

By Benoit Hopkin

Posted today at 03:53

On May 16, 2020, at 6:20 am, an intervention team of Republican guards broke down the entrance to an apartment located on the third floor of 97, Rue du Reyand-Pair-Christian-Gilbert in Assinères (Hauts-Did-). . Scene). The Gendarmes secure a two-room apartment, and the first person in the living room, Donatine Nashima, a Rwandan, who usually lives in Belgium, but whose presence was due to her phone calls, was told. Another man lies in the bedroom. “This is my father”, Nishima answers the gender worker who questions him about his identity.

From the landing where she became impatient, Warrant Officer Estelle heard the phrase. The lingarme of the Central Office for the Fight against Crimes Against Humanity, Genocides and War Crimes (OCLCH) knows that it has won. She runs into the bedroom and sees an old man in her bed. He is emaciated, his features drawn, but the investigator recognizes this face among a thousand, ever since his portrait sits on the wall above his desk, with the mention: «Rwanda wanted for genocide».

Clever or strong

It is Faillian Kabuga, an 85-year-old financier and organizer of the Tutsi massacre between April and July 1994. He, the owner of the radio-television Libre des Mill Collins, Papi Antenna fed the massacres with an appeal. “Kill all the cockroaches”. He, the man who supplied 25 tons of sugar machets to the extremist Hutu militia, so that they could carry out their nefarious task.

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The man has this long scar in the apartment, a sequel to the operation of a benign throat tumor, near his right ear, performed in Germany in 2007. It was just before the fugitive, 2001, survived a search by police across the Rhine after a red notice from Interpol, while his son-in-law was Diversion.

Thus he slipped for umpteenth into the hands of those who followed him for twenty-five years, from Switzerland to the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Kenya, where he was protected at the state’s highest level, journalist William Munuhe, who approached him very closely, was murdered in 2003 under mysterious circumstances. The FBI then promised a $ 5 million reward for his capture. no avail.

By trick or force, Felician Kabuga has survived all ambush. In this apartment in the Paris area, until the end of his career. This despite his son’s accession on May 16, 2020, the fugitive is still associated with his false Congolese passport and a false name, Antoine Tounga, 25 or so surnames that he used during his run. Then, around 9 am, he accepts his true identity, which DNA testing will only confirm.

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