Over 20 genocide ideology cases reported
Since the beginning of this year, at least 22 people have been arrested for promoting or exhibiting the genocide ideology.
According police statistics, 19 of the cases were registered in April, the beginning of the commemoration period in remembrance of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Police spokesperson, Theos Badege, said the recent and most notorious case involves a man who threatened and attempted to behead a Genocide survivor in Ngoma District.
Armed with a machete, the suspect is alleged to have told his victim that “we executed the Genocide, and given another chance, we can finish you off.”
Badege explained that the incident started as a land wrangle between two brothers, but the survivor faced the wrath of the suspect when she tried to intervene.
Police added that the suspect was a Genocide convict who had served an eight-year jail term between 1995 and 2003.
He was arrested following a tip off from residents who intervened in an attempt to rescue the victim
Prosecution spokesperson Alain Mukurarinda said the cases were spread across the country and that the list of registered crimes and respective suspects or convicts was still being compiled.
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