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Pentecostal pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi had been living in Congo and was using an alias, officials said.
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updated 7/2/2010 11:22:28 AM ET 2010-07-02T15:22:28

A Pentecostal pastor facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in connection with Rwanda's 100-day slaughter has been arrested 16 years after the bloodshed, police said Friday.

Ugandan authorities handed Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi to Interpol, and he has been taken to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania where he will face trial, according to Judith Nabakooba, a Ugandan police spokeswoman.

Uwinkindi is accused of inciting and directing dozens of attackers to kill Tutsis during the genocide that began in April 1994. At least 500,000 members of the Tutsi ethnic minority and moderates from the Hutu majority were slaughtered.

According to an U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda indictment, Uwinkindi "led a group of killers to look for and exterminate Tutsis."

$5 million reward
Survivors of the attacks were also brought to Uwinkindi's church to be killed, the indictment alleges. About 2,000 bodies were found near the church when Uwinkindi fled Rwanda in July 1994, it said.

There was a $5 million reward for Uwinkindi's arrest. Nabakooba said that he was arrested Wednesday following a tip.

However, Criminal Investigations Department chief Edward Ochom said officials informed Ugandan authorities when the Rwandan pastor entered the country on Sunday from neighboring Congo, where he had been living.

William Ndega, an Ugandan immigration officer at the border, said Uwinkindi entered the country using an alias, Jean Insitu.

John Musinguzi, a resident of Isingiro district where Uwinkindi was arrested, said the cleric was looking to buy land before his arrest.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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