French police say they have arrested a Rwandan doctor who is wanted in his homeland on charges of genocide and war crimes.
Sosthene Munyemana was detained by police on Wednesday in Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, under an extradition warrant issued by Rwanda.
The 45-year-old, who had been working in a hospital emergency ward in the region for eight years, had been on an Interpol list of wanted men since 2002.
Munyemana denies taking part in the 1994 genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people died in the space of around three months.
The AP news agency said Munyemana had been freed under judicial control after his arrest, meaning he must report to judicial officials until his appearance before a court that will decide his fate.
A French court rejected the doctor's asylum request in 2008, ruling that there were "serious reasons" to suspect he was involved in crimes against humanity, a decision which Munyemana has since appealed.
His arrest comes weeks after Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, travelled to Kigali, Rwanda's capital, in the first high-level visit since Paris France and Rwanda agreed in November to resume diplomatic ties.
Rwanda broke ties with Paris in 2006 after a French judge issued warrants for nine officials close to Paul Kagame, the president, who were suspected of being implicated in the shooting down of the plane of a former Rwandan president.
That incident is considered to have triggered the start of the genocide, which saw the massacre of mostly ethnic Tutsis carried out by the majority Hutus.
Source: Al-Jazeera English
Sosthene Munyemana was a close friend of Hutu leader Jean Kambanda, the only person to plead guilty in the Rwandan genocide. Dr. Munyemana, also known as "The Butcher of Tumba", killed people himself, by his own hand, with machetes and guns. He also used his status to incite peasants, and led them on bloody rampages.
I can't believe it's taken France this long to extradite him, but it's not really that surprising considering how complicit they were about the genocide. Plus, there's other genocidists for which France has denied Rwanda's requests for extradition. It's really quite foul.
"I know there is a God, because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists and therefore I know there is a God." - Romeo Dallaire