World becoming smaller for Genocide fugitives

With yet another Supreme Court of a European country ruling to pave way for the extradition to Rwanda of a Genocide suspect to stand trial, the world is becoming smaller for the fugitives who have made a den out of European capitals. Charles Bandora, who had disguised himself as a Malawian national, is one of the many such fugitives, who have, for nearly two decades, taken advantage of the laxity of certain countries to apprehend the suspects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

With yet another Supreme Court of a European country ruling to pave way for the extradition to Rwanda of a Genocide suspect to stand trial, the world is becoming smaller for the fugitives who have made a den out of European capitals.

Charles Bandora, who had disguised himself as a Malawian national, is one of the many such fugitives, who have, for nearly two decades, taken advantage of the laxity of certain countries to apprehend the suspects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Others have made use of the loopholes in the legal systems in these countries, especially when it gets to trying Genocide cases committed out of their jurisdiction, to continue living normally. Worse still, many of them continue with plans to complete their ‘unfinished work’.

They have continued to mobilizing resources for the terrorist Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), on top of continuing to mislead the world on what exactly happened here in 1994.

This ruling, therefore, is another milestone, an indication that even after nearly two decades, the long arm of the law will eventually catch up with them.

Much as he might try to petition the European Court of Human Rights, just like Sylvaire Ahorugeze before him, precedence has been set that the Rwandan judicial system conforms to international standards and is capable of giving them a fair trial.

With such decisions, and others before by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, it is just a matter of time before the fugitives run out of places to hide.

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