Belgian court to decide Nkezabera’s fate

A Belgian Court will in Match this year decide if it will consider Ephraim Nkezabera’s opposition of the 30-year jail term that was handed to him last month. The Assize Court of Brussels found Nkezabera — nicknamed “Banker of the Genocide” — guilty of Genocide and crimes against humanity, including murder and rape committed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

A Belgian Court will in Match this year decide if it will consider Ephraim Nkezabera’s opposition of the 30-year jail term that was handed to him last month.

The Assize Court of Brussels found Nkezabera — nicknamed “Banker of the Genocide” — guilty of Genocide and crimes against humanity, including murder and rape committed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The former banker did not attend the trial which lasted for one month, on reasons that he was bed-ridden with liver cancer.

He legally had the right to oppose the sentence and to request a new trial in his presence.

However, he denied the rape charges, alleging it was consensual.

Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga yesterday said that he did not mind the outcome as long as fairness is respected.

“That is fine. What we all want is fair justice,” Ngoga said.
Media reports indicated that Nkebazera admitted during the inquiry that he had financed the Interahamwe militias and the RTLM.

The government last month welcomed the 30-year sentence to the self-confessed top Genocide criminal.
“It is a good decision, it had taken too long.

Circumstantially, the sentence is fair enough and this should be one of the many cases Belgium has to try,” Ngoga told The New Times at the time.

Nkezabera, who was living in Brussels, was arrested in June 2004, at the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

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