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Undated photo of Jean-Bosco UwinkindiJean-Bosco Uwinkindi reportedly wanted to settle in Uganda



A Rwandan priest accused of helping to orchestrate the 1994 genocide in his native country has been held in Uganda, police say.

Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi was arrested after entering western Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mr Uwinkindi was indicted in 2001 by a UN-backed tribunal for genocide and crimes against humanity.

About 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu militias in the 100-day slaughter in 1994.

Church slaughter

Mr Uwinkindi was taken into custody on Wednesday, Ugandan police announced on Friday.

Police said the suspect had been tracked for two days before being detained.

Mr Uwinkindi entered Uganda under a different name and was trying to buy land and settle in the country, Uganda's Daily Monitor newspaper reports.

The indictment by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) says that Mr Uwinkindi was a pastor at a Pentecostal Church near Rwanda's capital, Kigali, in 1994.

He is accused of ordering the killing of Tutsis, including women and children, after they had sought refuge in his church.

The prosecution alleges that in investigations after the genocide, some 2,000 corpses were found near the church.

Until his arrest, Mr Uwinkindi was one of the ICTR's 11 most wanted suspects.

The US had offered a $5m (£3.3m) reward for information leading to his arrest. It is still not clear whether anyone will claim that reward.

Elly Womanya, deputy director of Interpol's Kampala office, told the AFP news agency that the suspect would be transferred to the ICTR in Arusha, Tanzania, as soon as possible.

Mr Uwinkindi is the second Rwandan genocide suspect to be arrested in Uganda in less than a year. In October 2009, Idelphonse Nizeyimana, the former Hutu intelligence chief, was seized in Kampala.

Complaint after Cherie Booth spares religious man jail

Complaint after Cherie Booth spares religious man jail

Cherie Blair
The National Secular Society said Ms Booth gave an "unjust" sentence

A secularist group has lodged an official complaint against Cherie Booth QC after she spared a man from prison because he was religious.

Shamso Miah, 25, of Redbridge, east London, broke a man's jaw following a row in a bank queue.

Sitting as a judge, Ms Booth - wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair - said she would suspend his sentence on the basis of his religious belief.

The National Secular Society claims her attitude was discriminatory and unjust.

'Acceptable behaviour'

Inner London Crown Court heard that Miah, 25, of Redbridge, east London, went into a bank in East Ham and became embroiled in a dispute with Mohammed Furcan about who was next in the queue.

Miah - who had just been to a mosque - punched Mr Furcan inside the bank, and again outside the building.

Ms Booth told Miah that violence had to be taken seriously, but said she would suspend his prison sentence because he was a religious person and had not been in trouble before.

She added: "You are a religious man and you know this is not acceptable behaviour."

The National Secular Society has complained to the Office for Judicial Complaints, suggesting that Mrs Blair acted in an unjust and discriminatory way, and suggesting that she might have treated a non-religious person less leniently.

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