Nether­lands ex­tra­dites geno­cide sus­pects to Rwanda

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/worldwide -

KIGALI — Two Rwan­dan men ac­cused of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 1994 geno­cide against Tut­sis have ar­rived in Kigali, Rwanda, fol­low­ing their ex­tra­di­tion from the Nether­lands, an of­fi­cial said Satur­day.

The sus­pects — Jean-Claude Iya­mure­mye (40) and Jean Bap­tiste Mugimba (57) — were handed over Satur­day to Rwan­dan au­thor­i­ties by Dutch of­fi­cials at Kigali In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The sus­pects are con­sid­ered to have played a key role in the Rwan­dan geno­cide in which over 800 000 eth­nic Tut­sis and mod­er­ate Hu­tus were killed by Hutu ex­trem­ists, Richard Muhu­muza, Rwanda’s prose­cu­tor-gen­eral, told The As­so­ci­ated Press in Kigali.

Their ex­tra­di­tion fol­lows a Dutch court de­ci­sion that re­jected their ap­peals that they could face tor­ture if they were forced to re­turn to Kigali. Both sus­pects have main­tained their in­no­cence.

“It has been a long drawn out process that has fi­nally cul­mi­nated in the suc­cess­ful trans­fer of the sus­pects to the Kigali Cen­tral Prison where they will await trial be­fore the spe­cialised In­ter­na­tional Crimes Cham­ber of the High Court,” Muhu­muza said.

The spe­cial court was set up by the Rwan­dan ju­di­ciary to try per­sons ac­cused of geno­cide, war crimes and crimes against hu­man­ity who were trans­ferred from for­eign coun­tries.

In the Nether­lands, Iya­mure­mye had been a res­i­dent of Voor­burg while Mugimba lived in Leus­den.

The Rwan­dan govern­ment sub­mit­ted an ex­tra­di­tion re­quest for Mugimba in 2012 and for Iya­mure­mye in Septem­ber 2013. Muhu­muza said both Mugimba and Iya­mure­mye will be tried for geno­cide, con­spir­acy to com­mit geno­cide, com­plic­ity in geno­cide, di­rect and pub­lic in­cite­ment to com­mit geno­cide, mur­der as a crime against hu­man­ity and ex­ter­mi­na­tion as a crime against hu­man­ity. — AP

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