14 November 2013

Rwanda: Paris Court Rules for Extradition of Rwanda Genocide Suspects

A French appeal court on Wednesday approved the extradition of two Rwandans wanted at home for their alleged role in the 1994 genocide that claimed about 800,000 lives.

But they are appealing against the recommendation.

The cases of Claude Muahayimana and Innocent Musabyimana, who are accused of involvement in two massacres of Tutsis in the town of Kibuye and the region of Gisenyi, will now go up to a higher court for a final ruling after their lawyer Philippe Meilhac signalled his intention to appeal.

Although many countries such as Canada and Norway have extradited genocide suspects, France has so far refused to do so, fearing they would be denied a fair trial.

Alain Mukuralinda, a spokesperson for Rwanda's prosecutor general, said it was "satisfied" with the ruling.

The higher appeal court will meet in three of four months to discuss the appeal.

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