Charles Ntahontuye Ndereyehe, alias Karoli, one of the masterminds of the Genocide against the Tutsi at ISAR Rubona on April 26, 1994, has reportedly been arrested by the Netherlands authorities.
The news was made public through Rwanda Broadcasting Agency on Tuesday evening via their Twitter handle.
Charles Ntahontuye Ndereyehe, alias Karoli, one of the masterminds of the Genocide against the Tutsi at ISAR Rubona on April 26, 1994, has reportedly been arrested by the Netherlands authorities. #RBANews pic.twitter.com/a70Aovx4MG
— Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) (@rbarwanda) September 8, 2020
According to reports, Twenty-six years ago he was the head of ISAR, the national agricultural institute in Huye District.
Ndereyehe’s name is the subject of attention in the latest media brief by the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG). The brief highlights how the Genocide against the Tutsi was executed in parts of the country on April 26, 1994.
“Ndereyehe Ntahontuye Charles played a key role in the massacre carried out at ISAR Rubona and he is continuing the genocide ideology where he lives in the Netherlands,” reads part of the brief. “Currently, he lives in the Netherlands and he is one of the leaders of the FDU-INKINGI (a terrorist party) founded on genocide ideology.”
Ndereyehe was then Director of ISAR and is among those who planned and implemented the Genocide there.
Others are Mulindangabo Joseph, who was Rubona Chief of the station, Mugemana Didace, a staff manager “who had prepared a list of Tutsi of ISAR to be killed,” Ntunda Jacques, Rutunga Venant, Mukuralinda Aloys, Ndayizigiye alias Ajida, Musabyimana Thaddée, and Nsengiyumva Innocent,
CNLG estimates 70 former ISAR Rubona staff and their families were massacred, however, the exact total number of Tutsi killed at ISAR Rubona is unknown.
“Some of the bodies of the Tutsi killed in ISAR Rubona have not yet been found in order to be buried in dignity, only 120 are buried in the Genocide memorial of Rubona,” asserts CNLG.
Before the Genocide, ISAR Rubona was located in the then Ruhashya commune.
Many Tutsi who worked at ISAR Rubona; from Gikongoro, Maraba, Ruhashya, Rusatira, Mbazi and Mugusa had taken refuge there and they were gathered at the Rubona hill.
Hundreds were intercepted as they tried to cross to neighbouring Burundi. They were murdered in cold blood.
“On April 26, 1994 around 9 am, the attackers arrived yelling and whistling and joined gendarmes, soldiers and police officers. They killed the Tutsi the whole day and night.”
On November 5, 2008, Ndereyehe was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia by the Gikirambwa Gacaca Court after he was found guilty of Genocide.
On April 20, 2010, Rwanda issued an International Arrest Warrant for him. He is also on the wanted list by the International Police.
“That, however, does not stop him from continuing his extremist propaganda activities in Europe and elsewhere,” CNLG said in a statement.
Despite repeated appeals by Kigali for his arrest, the man remains free in the European country.
Charles was born in 1949 in Cyabingo Commune, in the former Ruhengeri Prefecture in what is currently Gasiza Village, Kivuruga cell, Kivuruga Sector, in Gakenke District.
In 1992, along with other intellectual extremists that included Nahimana Ferdinand, Dr Rwamucyo Eugène, Dr Nshimyumuremyi Jean Berchmas and others, Ndereyehe created and led a gang group called “Cercles des Républicains Progressistes” that incited students to plan genocide at the University in Nyakinama and Butare.
At the beginning, Ndereyehe was an MRND member but in 1992, he abandoned it to participate in the creation of another Hutu extremist party, “Coalition pour la Défense de la République (CDR) which participated massively in the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.
“Ndereyehe started the Genocide planning before he was sent to ISAR.”
Prior to his deployment at ISAR, he was in charge of the Agricultural and Livestock Development Project in Gikongoro (PDAG).
At the time, he was one of the civil servants who formed the Interahamwe militia in Gikongoro, along with Captain Sebuhura Faustin who was the Deputy Commander of the Gikongoro Gendarmerie.
Sebuhura was from Mukingo Commune in Ruhengeri, the same region as Ndereyehe.
While forming Interahamwe group in Gikongoro, Ndereyehe was supported by the leaders of agricultural projects in Gikongoro, especially Pierre Célestin Mutabaruka who led Crête Zaïre Nil project, leaders of Mata Tea factory (Denis Kamodoka) and Kitabi Tea Factory (Juvénal Ndabarinze), various leaders in Gikongoro prefecture including Ayurugari Justin, then head of the ELECTROGAZ branch and Celse Semigabo, a prosecutor. All these others have all been brought to justice.
Ndereyehe left Rwanda in 1994 after the criminal government and its army was defeated and the Genocide stopped.
When they were refugees in the then Zaire (now DR Congo) on April 3, 1995, Ndereyehe participated in the creation of an extremist political and military group called the RDR grounded on the Genocide ideology.
Denies Genocide against the Tutsi
The man, sources say, is now very active and subversive against the government of Rwanda.
In various FDU-INKINGI statements, the CNLG notes, Ndereyehe strongly denies the Genocide against the Tutsi and educates people to deny it and undermines the commemoration of the Genocide by calling it a “trade fund”, or a business.
In the Netherlands, Ndereyehe coordinates Rwanda extremist groups which always advance the racist ideology that led Rwanda to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Among the extremist groups include FEDERMO (Fédération des Organisations Rwandaises aux pays Bas), CARP (Collectif des Associations Rwandaises aux Pays-Bas), RIFDP-NL (Réseau International des Femmes pour la Démocratie et la Paix), DEN HAAG, Pro Justitia, FFDR (Foundation for Freedom and Democracy in Rwanda).
The Netherlands is home to several other wanted mass murderers including Maj Pierre-Claver Karangwa, 62, who masterminded the massacre of the Tutsi at Bibungo bya Mukinga in Kamonyi, among other places.
Called From: Jkaruhanga@newtimesrwanda.com
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