Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga, on Thursday, announced that the National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) shall not cooperate with Denmark if it does not charge a Rwandan suspect under its custody with Genocide.
The move follows a decision by a Copenhagen court which dismissed a case against the fugitive on the basis that the country’s law on genocide cannot be used to prosecute a Rwandan accused of participating in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The ruling meant that the suspect will instead be charged with the subsidiary charge of murder.
“As a matter of principle, we shall not cooperate with any process in Denmark that will not proffer Genocide charges against the suspect there. Genocide is just that, not murder,” said Ngoga.
“If Denmark does not have domestic law to that effect, they should bring him back. This position has been made very clear to our counterparts. Fugitives must be tried for crimes they are accused of, and not less than that. In the worst case scenario, they can release him back on their streets,” Ngoga observed.
The man, whose identity has remained anonymous since his arrest in 2010 for investigation purposes, was convicted in absentia of Genocide by a Gacaca court in 2008
Reports from Denmark say the fugitive would remain in custody.
John Bosco Siboyintore, the head of the Genocide Fugitives Tracking Unit (GFTU), earlier told The New Times that the next step is to request Denmark to extradite the suspect to Rwanda to serve his sentence.
He is suspected to have headed a death squad and took part in massacres of more than 20,000 Tutsis
The suspect allegedly threw grenades into a crowd of desperate Tutsi refugees as they tried to flee Kabuye hill, in the Southern Province.
He arrived in Denmark in 2001 where he stayed until his arrest in late 2010.