UN, Rwandan prosecutor make joint appeal on genocide fugitives

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Rwandan Prosecutor General Jean Bosco Mutangana and Serge Brammertz, the Chief Prosecutor at Tanzania based UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), on Thursday appealed to countries still harboring 1994 genocide fugitives to bring them to book.

Speaking at a joint press briefing in Kigali, Mutangana cited Burundi which he said has been reluctant to bring to justice about 6,000 Burundians suspected to have participated in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

There is no political will on Burundian government to bring those suspects to justice, he said.

He said several indictments which were issued against the Burundian suspects and sent to Burundi were ignored.

According to Mutangana, prosecution’s option is to work with Interpol to arrest the suspects whenever they travel out of their country.

The duo discussed cooperation in genocide fugitives’ investigations as well as areas of mutual interest.

On his part, Brammertz said more efforts have been put in the tracking of genocide fugitives such as Felicien Kabuga, genocide financier who has eluded arrest over the past decades.

He said he will brief the UN Security Council in July about the countries that the court thinks are harboring prominent genocide fugitives.

Brammertz also castigated countries that glorify war criminals and give genocide deniers platform to deny a genocide that is recognized by the world.

There should be a general mechanism to punish this, said Brammertz.
More than one million people were killed in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

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