African Press International (API)

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Posted by African Press International on May 10, 2008

Publisher: Korir, source.apa

The Rwandan government on Thursday said it is encouraged by a decision of a French court to allow the extradition of the Rwandan genocide suspect to face trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) based in Arusha, Tanzania.
On Wednesday, the French high court in Paris squashed a final appeal against the transfer of the Rwandan genocide suspect Dominique Ntawukuriryayo.

Ntawukuriryayo is a former local administrator during the 1994 genocide and is now to face trial before the ICTR over genocide charges he was alleged to have committed during the genocide.

In an exclusive interview on Thursday, the Rwandan minister of Justice and Attorney General, Thercise Karugarama said the government is encouraged by Frances current move on genocide suspects and called for more efforts and cooperation to bring to justice the criminals of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that claimed over one million lives.

France itself has been accused by the Rwandan government of complexity in the genocide.

We are encouraged by the move by the French government and that of the court to reject the genocide suspects appeal not to be tried in Arusha. We would want it sustained and should not be a one time affair, Justice Karugarama said.

He wondered why anyone suspected of complicity in the genocide should refuse to go to Arusha and instead want to be tried in France. Why dont they want to face trial? Ntawukuriryayo will be the first genocide suspect to be transferred from France to the tribunal since 2000 when a former senior army officer and a former minister were handed over to the court.


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