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FDRL officials face war crimes charges

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By GLV Correspondent.

German prosecutors said Friday they have filed war crimes charges against FDRL boss Dr. Ignance Murewanashaya and his deputy Stratton Musoni who have been in detention for almost a year now, Great Lakes Voice reports.

Ignace Murwanashyaka, political leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), and his deputy Stratton Musoni were arrested in southern Germany in November 2009.

The FDLR was created by perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, who fled to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after being routed and driven out by forces led by current President Paul Kagame.

German federal prosecutors said that FDLR killed hundreds of civilians between January 2008 and July 2009 in eastern DRC, raped large numbers of women, looted villages and forcibly recruited child soldiers.

The two Rwandan men are suspected of issuing orders to a mostly ethnic Hutu militia and said to be involved in killings of Congolese civilians the charge sheet says.

Murwanashyaka, 47, and Straton Musoni, 49, were charged with crimes against humanity, war crimes and membership in a foreign terrorist group, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

The German prosecutors’ statement said the FDLR is trying to bring down Rwanda’s government.

Murwanashyaka-internet photo

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