The government has welcomed a decision by the Canadian Supreme Court to review the case that may see Genocide suspect, Leon Mugesera, extradited to Rwanda, the Minister of Justice, Tharcisse Karugarama has said
Mugesera, who has been living in Quebec City for more than 15 years, has been fighting the deportation order since 1995.
His charge is connected with a speech he gave in Rwanda in 1992, one of the defining moments in the build-up to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
“It’s a general policy statement ,that people who committed crimes here, should come and face justice here so that they can meet the survivors, have a chance to be visited by their families and also use that as an opportunity to reflect on what they did and perhaps change.
That is the essence of punishment,” Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama told The New Times yesterday.
He added that by deporting Mugesera, the victims will have an opportunity to see justice served.
“Sometimes the victims don’t feel that justice has been fully served when the perpetrator is thousands of miles away,” he said.
The Canadian government recently filed hundreds of pages of documents to the Canada Border Services Agency, responsible for enforcing decisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) and the courts, to make its case in favor of Mugesera’s deportation.