International war crimes investigators have requested that Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, arrested last weekend, be transferred to United Nations custody for trial, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.
Felicien Kabuga, 84, was detained in Paris suburb on Saturday after a quarter century on the run.
“We already requested his transfer. It is an arrest warrant and an indictment coming from the UN mechanism,” prosecutor Serge Brammertz said in an interview.
Kabuga could be transferred to The Hague before a trial in Arusha, Tanzania, where a United Nations court is handling cases dating back to the 1994 genocide, Brammertz said.
In his first appearance in public in more than two decades, the octogenarian was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair, dressed in jeans and a blue jumper and wearing a face mask.
He spoke to confirm his identity.
Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in 100 days of killing from April 6, 1994, orchestrated by the Hutu-led government and its ethnic militia allies.
Kabuga, a Hutu businessman, is accused of bankrolling the militia.