Rwanda continues to call on Belgium to arrest more than 40 genocide suspects and it has been confirmed that they will be tried by Rwanda if they are arrested.
Ahead of the Belgian court’s decision on three people recently arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda said there are still about 40 others in Belgium who had not yet been arrested.
A spokesman for the Rwandan Prosecution, Nkusi Faustin, told The New Times that over the past 20 years, Rwanda has been sending about 40 documents to Belgium demanding the arrest of genocide perpetrators, and it is well known that they live in Belgium.
“These papers have been sent at various times, and we continue to work with the Belgian judiciary who came here to investigate the allegations,” he said.
He did not want to disclose details of the arrests such as their names or whereabouts in order to avoid interfering with the ongoing investigation.
In addition to the three recently arrested by Belgium, Basabose Pierre, Twahirwa Séraphin and Ndangali Christophe, there are others accused of involvement in the Genocide against the Tutsi, who have been arrested and tried by Belgium at various times.
As of December last year, a Belgian court has sentenced Neretse Fabien to 25 years in prison after convicting him of genocide, murder, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
This is not the first time the Belgian Genocide trial has been held, but it was the first executed under the 2017 Genocide Penal Code.
The Association for the benefits of the Genocide survivors (IBUKA), has continued to express dissatisfaction with the way some countries are delaying or neglecting to arrest people who commit genocide against the Tutsi, and it takes a long time to arrest them.
The President of IBUKA, Prof. Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, said that the behavior of some European countries in delaying the arrest and handing the suspects to court delays the unity and reconciliation approach.
“Delaying the delivery of justice to the killers in this way is delaying the reconstruction of the survivors,” he said. It doesn’t help them because the journey of mental reconstruction requires giving them justice. ”
Some of the reasons why many genocide perpetrators in different parts of the world are not arrested as realier as possioble are that they have changed their names, calling themselves Burundians or Congolese of the Banyamulenge ethnic group as they also speak Kinyarwanda.
Siboyintore Jean Bosco, head of the Genocide Suspects Unit told IGIHE that these suspects travel to African countries, learn their language, adopt their culture ms and change their nationality so that you could not immediately identify them.
“Another challenge is that some of these people were granted citizenship, and the constitution of those countries and ours do not allow sending a citizen elesewhere. When we follow on them and ask for them, they don’t send them to us. ”
The Rwandan Prosecution has so far issued 1,144 warrants for the arrest of genocide suspects in 33 countries around the world, with the largest number in Africa.
Nine countries have already tried 23 suspects in the genocide, while 24 have been deported to Rwanda by nine countries.
Among the wanted people include Protais Mpiranya, who was in charge of President Habyarimana’s bodyguards. There are also Fulgence Kayishema, Phénéas Munyarugarama, Aloys Ndimbati, Ryandikayo and Charles Sikubwabo, and it has been confirmed that they will be tried by Rwanda if they are arrested.
The Express News