DRC’s inaccessibility blamed for fugitives’ evasion

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Hassan Bubacar Jallow has said that the vastness of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is providing a chance for Genocide fugitives to escape justice.  According to AFP news agency, Jallow recently said during a visit to Gambia, that investigators are finding it difficult to trace the 11 fugitives in order to bring them to justice over their role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis.

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Hassan Bubacar Jallow has said that the vastness of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is providing a chance for Genocide fugitives to escape justice. 

According to AFP news agency, Jallow recently said during a visit to Gambia, that investigators are finding it difficult to trace the 11 fugitives in order to bring them to justice over their role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis.

“Some of them are within the DRC, which is a vast territory, inaccessible and uncontrollable by the current government.

The remaining fugitives are mostly believed to be in central, eastern and southern Africa.

The ICTR Chief Prosecutor said 93 people had been indicted, ranging from members of the then government, to military chiefs, journalists and community leaders.

He also added that tribunals such as the ICTR and special tribunals in Cambodia, Sierra Leone and Yugoslavia have demonstrated that “people... can no longer go scot-free for violating international humanitarian laws.”

“The laws are there, the institutions are there, and the frameworks for establishing the international humanitarian laws are clear.”

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