African prosecutors should now be in position to tackle Genocide fugitives

Kigali is, today, hosting a high level meeting bringing together Chief Prosecutors from African countries, for their sixth Annual conference. This important convention is taking place at a time when global efforts to arrest hundreds of indicted fugitives responsible for masterminding the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, are being stepped up.

Kigali is, today, hosting a high level meeting bringing together Chief Prosecutors from African countries, for their sixth Annual conference.

This important convention is taking place at a time when global efforts to arrest hundreds of indicted fugitives responsible for masterminding the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, are being stepped up.

Large numbers of suspects are believed to be in African countries and according to the Genocide Fugitives Tracking Unit, within the Office of the Prosecutor, so far little cooperation has been received from African countries. Only a few have arrested fugitives on warrants issued by the Rwandan prosecution.

On the contrary, there has been some progress on the part of Europeans who sent teams here to investigate and some made arrests, though still reluctant to extradite the suspects.

The fugitives have gone a step further and continued to be part of crime groups, using bases in the various African countries to plan and coordinate aimed at disrupting peace and stability in the region.

The prosecutors who have been able to witness firsthand the atrocities committed by these fugitives, 17 years ago, should leave Kigali with resolve and determination to cooperate in bringing them to book.

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