“Butcher of Tumba” arrested, released on bail

KIGALI - Sosthène Munyemana, a Genocide fugitive living in France, was arrested Wednesday morning by French authorities but later released on bail, The New Times has learnt. In April 1994, Munyemana, then a prominent gynecologist at the University Hospital in Butare, allegedly participated in various heinous killing sprees that earned him the name “The Butcher of Tumba”.

KIGALI - Sosthène Munyemana, a Genocide fugitive living in France, was arrested Wednesday morning by French authorities but later released on bail, The New Times has learnt.

In April 1994, Munyemana, then a prominent gynecologist at the University Hospital in Butare, allegedly participated in various heinous killing sprees that earned him the name “The Butcher of Tumba”.

Alain Gauthier, president of Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda (CPCR), a  Paris-based, anti-Genocide organization that is pushing the French justice system to prosecute Genocide suspects living in France, said that Munyemana, a doctor in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, was arrested in the morning but later released on bail.

Gauthier said that the fugitive was informed that an extradition request is in place and that he will be brought before court again.

“The French justice will decide on this new extradition request to Rwanda. Note that on four occasions, similar requests for Bivugabagabo, Kamali, Simbikangwa Kamana were rejected,” a seemingly said a concerned Gauthier, He was referring to several Genocide suspects living in France and whose extradition requests by Rwanda were turned down by French courts..

“Will the new political will permit a positive decision? Nothing is certain,” Gauthier noted.

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