French court rejects bail for Rwanda genocide suspect May 28, 2020 0 527 12345 AFPParisA French court on Wednesday turned down Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga’s request to be released on bail pending a decision on where he will be tried after a quarter century on the run.Described as Africa’s most wanted man, Kabuga stands accused of financing the 1994 genocide and was arrested at his home outside Paris on May 16.He had been living in France under the alias Antoine Tounga.The court Wednesday turned down his freedom bid after prosecutors highlighted a high risk of the octogenarian fleeing again.“I am asking to be freed because I am very ill,” Kabuga, who officials say is 84 but proclaims to be 87, told the court from a wheelchair.“He is incapable of independently executing any action required for daily life,” added Kabuga’s lawyer Laurent Bayon, pleading with the court to show “humanity”.Kabuga -- once one of Rwanda’s richest men -- is accused of creating the notorious Interahamwe militia that carried out massacres, and the Radio-Television Libre des Mille Collines which, in its broadcasts, incited people to murder.He is alleged to have used his wealth and influence to funnel money to militia groups as chairman of the Fonds de Defense Nationale (FDN) fund.About 800,000 people -- Tutsis but also moderate Hutus -- were slaughtered over 100 days of ethnic violence committed by Hutu extremists in 1994.Kabuga was indicted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1997 on seven counts, including genocide.The tribunal, headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania, formally closed in 2015 and its duties were transferred to the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT).Serge Brammertz, the chief prosecutor for the MICT, has told AFP that Kabuga is expected to be tried in Arusha if extradited.It is possible he would first be transferred to the MICT’s other branch in The Hague in the Netherlands due to travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.Kabuga insists he wants to be tried in France, and his lawyers have indicated they would challenge any attempt to extradite him.The Paris court is set to rule on June 3 whether to hand Kabuga over to the MICT.Also sought over the genocide, Rwanda’s former defence minister Augustin Bizimana and top-ranking military figure Protais Mpiranya remain at large.French-Rwandan former hotel driver Claude Muhayimana is set to go on trial in Paris in February next year. He stands accused of transporting Hutu militiamen to sites where massacres were carried out. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Rouhani urges Iran MPs to ‘cooperate’ as parliament opens May 28, 2020 0 537 US troop pullout from Afghanistan ahead of schedule May 28, 2020 0 549 UN confirms 15 cases of COVID-19 among Syrian refugees in Lebanon May 28, 2020 0 1053 Eight Yemeni soldiers killed in rebel attack: Source AFP Dubai Eight Yemeni government troops were killed and several others wounded in a missile attack by Huthi rebels targeting the army command in the battleground province of Marib, a military official said Wednesday. .. African Development Bank chief hits back over graft accusations AFP Abidjan The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, hit back on Wednesday at accusations of corruption and vowed to continue working. In a press statement, Adesina slammed .. Rouhani urges for stricter laws after murder of 14-year-old Tehran Following the murder of a 14-year-old Iranian girl, which sparked protests across the country, President Hassan Rowhani has called for stricter laws regarding so-called honour killings in a cabinet meeting on .. ADF militia kills dozens in eastern DR Congo AFP Beni Dozens of civilians have been killed in eastern DR Congo in the latest of a string of massacres by the notorious ADF militia, a UN source and a local NGO told AFP on Wednesday. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have .. Saudi coalition says it downed drones launched by Houthis at Najran DPA Riyadh The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen said its forces intercepted and downed drones launched by the Iranian-backed group towards the south-western Saudi city of Najran on Wednesday. The ..