The Vatican has described the arrest of a Augustin Misago accused of having a role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide as ``an act of extreme gravity. It expressed the hope that the prelate's ``innocence will be rapidly proved.''
    He is accused of having a role in the genocide that killed more than 500,000 minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus.
    ``The arrest of a bishop is an act of extreme gravity that not only wounds the church in Rwanda but the entire Catholic church,'' said Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls.
    Misago is the highest-ranking church official to be arrested on genocide charges. So far, 19 Rwandan priests have been jailed on suspicion of aiding the killings, which ended in July 1994 when the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front won power and ousted the extremist Hutu government.

9:38am 15/4/99 / AP


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