Germany charges 2 suspected Rwandan Hutu militia leaders with war crimes in Congo
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Friday they filed war crimes charges against two Rwandan men suspected of issuing orders to a mostly ethnic Hutu militia involved in killings of Congolese civilians.
Ignace 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 charges were filed at the Stuttgart state court on Dec. 8.
The men allegedly served as the top military leaders of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda militia — known by its French acronym FDLR. They are alleged to have exercised “significant influence” over the militia as it carried out acts of war in Congo.
Murwanashyaka and Musoni were arrested in Germany in November 2009.