|Police in Nairobi have arrested a man in the hunt for Rwanda genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, one of the world most wanted men.
Officers attached to the Diplomatic Police Unit picked him up at a residence in the city’s southern outskirts on Friday evening, police said. Mr Kabuga, wanted in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, has been on the run for 14 years, since the 100-day slaughter in which 800,000 of his countrymen were killed.
Undercover police officers tracked the man to the neighbourhood and arrested him at the house believed to be one of his properties.
At the time of arrest, the Sunday Nation learnt, the fugitive was in the company of a woman believed to be his wife. He was taken to the Diplomatic police headquarters in Gigiri and held for several hours and later transferred to Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU) headquarters in Milimani.
Preliminary investigations, including interviewing the man believed to be Mr Kabuga, was conducted by the officer in charge of Diplomatic police Allan Sangoro.
Asst Commissioner Sangoro later briefed his seniors at police headquarters after which it was decided that detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) be instructed to pursue the investigation.
Officers from the elite SCPU headed by Mr Richard Katola are also involved in the investigation. Besides undergoing interrogation, Mr Kabuga had his fingerprints and photograph taken.
Later in the day police officers contacted NTV and collected information that had been gathered months ago by their investigative crew on a man informants had suspected was Mr Kabuga.
The information contained in a video clip showing his movements around Nairobi was also given to the investigating team.
Officers close to the investigation who viewed the clip told the Sunday Nation, that the man in the video was the one in custody.
Deputy police spokesman Charles Wahong’o said they were holding a “very important person in custody being investigated by CID officers for the purpose of establishing his identity.” He added: “We don’t want to rely on personal appearances in revealing his identity until we have conclusive results.”
Mr Wahong’o said police arrested him after he had been identified as a man who had appeared in a police notice as a wanted man. He did not give details.
Police commissioner Maj General Hussein Ali was said to be out of the country.
However, Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetangula initially told Sunday Nation that he had already been briefed about the arrest, but he was to cross-check and verify information already gathered before issuing any official statement.
And moments later he made the statement: “According to the brief I have received it was a case of mistaken identity.”
The minister said that preliminary investigations indicated that the man arrested was not Mr Kabuga and that he was a Kenyan.