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Travel ban delays Rwanda rebel release

2011-12-20 20:48

The Hague - Officials say the release of a Rwandan rebel from International Criminal Court detention has been delayed because he is the subject of a UN travel ban.

Judges ordered Callixte Mbarushimana released last Friday after dismissing charges against him for lack of evidence.

He was accused of involvement in a Rwandan militia's campaign of attacks on villages in eastern Congo in 2009 by acting as the group's spokesperson from his Paris apartment.

Court officials booked a Tuesday flight to Paris for him. However, a filing by the court's registry states that French authorities say Mbarushimana is still subject of a UN travel ban and he cannot fly there without UN Sanctions Committee permission.

Mbarushimana would be the first suspect released by the ICC.