Rwanda, Uganda sign extradition treaty 

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Rwanda and Uganda Friday signed an extradition treaty that would facilitate justice in case of subversive activities practiced by their nationals in each country.

The treaty was signed at the latest summit between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni, aimed to ease tensions, held at the countries’ common border at Gatuna.

Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Vincent Biruta signed on behalf of Rwanda while his Ugandan counterpart Sam Kutesa signed on behalf of Uganda.

The treaty constitutes the legal framework to handle cases of justice including those related to alleged subversive activities practiced by their nationals in the territory of the other party, a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting said.

The summit recommended that Uganda should within one month verify the allegations made by Rwanda about action on its territory by forces hostile to Rwandan government, it added.

If the allegations are proved the Ugandan government will take all measures to stop it from and prevent it from happening again, the communiqué stated.

Once the above recommendation is fulfilled the facilitators will convene within 15 days another summit at the same venue for the solemn reopening of borders and subsequent normalization of relations between the two countries, it noted.

Last August, Uganda and Rwanda signed the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding aimed to normalize relations between the two countries.
Since the Luanda, Angola summit, both sides have held several meetings to normalize the relations.  

On Tuesday Uganda released 15 Rwandan nationals who were incarcerated in Uganda, including two terrorist suspects who were allegedly involved in a deadly attack in Kinigi sector in northern Rwanda’s Musanze district in which 14 people were killed.

Uganda on Jan. 8 had released 9 Rwandan nationals who were freed by a military court-martial after prosecution lost interest in several cases they were facing including illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Rwanda announced Wednesday it had also terminated the prosecution of 17 Ugandan citizens and released three who have completed their sentences.

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