Rwanda to seek redress on Rwamucyo

The Prosecutor General has said that the decision by the French judicial system to release Genocide fugitive, Eugene Rwamucyo, will only serve to strengthen Rwanda’s resolve towards fighting impunity.
TAKING ACTION; Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga (File photo)
TAKING ACTION; Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga (File photo)

The Prosecutor General has said that the decision by the French judicial system to release Genocide fugitive, Eugene Rwamucyo, will only serve to strengthen Rwanda’s resolve towards fighting impunity.

In an exclusive interview with The New Times, Martin Ngoga, said Rwanda will not be deterred by the bad precedent that has been set by this particular ruling and others of a similar nature.

“Rwanda should instead take such rulings as a wake up call to stay on course and to remain focused on what is at stake, which is that our people need to get justice,” Ngoga said.

On the ruling, Ngoga said that the fight against impunity in Rwanda should be taken as a generational challenge.
“We should never be so naive as to think that the fight against impunity can be won in our generation.”

He revealed that Rwanda will consider options available beyond one particular European jurisdiction.

Eugene Rwamucyo was arrested by French police near Paris in May this year on account of an international warrant of arrest issued by Rwanda in 2006 for his alleged role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

After his arrest French judicial authorities had confirmed that they were working on extraditing the suspect to Rwanda. However, a French court seating at Versailles released Rwamucyo.

Ngoga said that Rwanda will look at all the remaining options, except that of giving up. “We will look at other possibilities, keeping in mind the fact that France owes the Rwandan people justice. If Genocide remains a serious crime against humanity, then as Rwandans, we remain challenged not to be discouraged by some of these decisions or setbacks that we experience as we move forward to get justice”.

Full Interview to be published in The New Times of Friday, September 24.

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