ICTR transfers fourth Genocide case file to Rwanda
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will transfer a fourth case file of a Genocide suspect to the Rwandan courts, as the UN court wraps up its operations.
This is the case of fugitive former mayor (Brugmestre) of Nyakizu, Ladislas Ntaganzwa.
“The decision to transfer his case is a good gesture as it is a strong reference point in terms of jurisprudence by countries that are still harbouring Genocide suspects,”said the Head of Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit, John Bosco Siboyintore.
Ntaganzwa is among the nine ICTR wanted fugitives who are still at large.
“He is responsible for the killing in the Nyakizu Commune; he organised and coordinated the killing in Nyakizu,” added Siboyintore.
The three cases already transferred to Rwanda by the UN-backed tribunal are Jean Uwinkindi, a pastor who was transferred to Rwanda in April, and two other files of suspects who are still on the run.
Other files transferred to Rwanda are those of the former criminal investigation department inspector, Fulgence Kayishema, and another former Brugmestre, Charles Sikubwabo.
If the fugitives are arrested they will be extradited to Rwanda.
The transfer of cases to national jurisdictions is part of the ICTR's plan to wind up its lower court cases by June and appeals by 2014.
While the masterminds have been tried at the ICTR, other perpetrators have been tried either in the Rwandan court system or before the Gacaca Jurisdiction.
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