Father Munyeshyaka, Bucyibaruta re-arrested

France on Wednesday re-arrested Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka and former prefect Laurent Bucyibaruta after a UN court accusing them of Genocide issued revised indictments.The two men had bee arrested in July but later released after the Paris Court of Appeal said that earlier indictments issued by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) were wanting.

France on Wednesday re-arrested Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka and former prefect Laurent Bucyibaruta after a UN court accusing them of Genocide issued revised indictments.

The two men had bee arrested in July but later released after the Paris Court of Appeal said that earlier indictments issued by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) were wanting.

They are under detention in Paris, and a ruling by the court of appeal on September 12 could see them transferred to ICTR for trial, according to Rwanda’s Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama.

The Arusha-based UN court on August 14 forwarded new arrest warrants against the two men to France through the French embassy in Tanzania.

Munyeshyaka, a former vicar at Kigali’s St. Famille Cathedral, blamed for the killing of over 200 refugees at the church during the Genocide. He is also accused of rape.

Munyeshyaka was last year sentenced in absentia by a Kigali court to life in prison. Bucyibaruta, a former prefect of Gikongoro prefecture (now in Southern Rwanda) is also accused of Genocide, among other crimes against humanity.

Kigali has also previously requested that the two men be transferred to Rwanda for trial.

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