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ICTR transfers Genocide fugitive Charles Sikubwabo’s case to Rwanda

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By Robert Mugabe

newsdesk@greatlakesvoice.com

KIGALI- Rwanda- Following the Referral Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on 25 March 2012 ordered the case of The Prosecutor v. Charles Sikubwabo to be referred to the authorities of the Republic of Rwanda, so that those authorities should forthwith refer the case to the High Court of Rwanda for an expeditious trial.

Today, James J Aguin, chief of legal advisory division in the office of the prosecutor at ICTR based in Arusha, today handed over Sikubwabo’s case to Rwanda’s Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga.

Charles Sikubwabo who is still on the run served as Bourgmestre (mayor) of Gishyita in the Kibuye préfecture during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. According to an indictment dated 29 April 1996, Sikubwabo allegedly conspired with convicted génocidaires, Clément Kayishema, Mikaeli Muhimana and Obed Ruzindana to kill the Tutsi population in Kibuye.

Prosecutor General Ngoga said his office welcomes the Arusha based international court transfer to Rwanda justice. “This opens doors for other cases to be referred to Rwanda. This proves that international community recognises the independence of Rwanda justice.” He added

Speaking to journalists at his offices, Ngoga said there is no logic for some members of UN who claim that Rwanda justice is not independent, since the UN court [ICTR] has repeatedly said. “The people who claim lack of independence in courts, has make no sense since there is no judicial entity that has ever announced that our courts are not independent.” Ngoga added

Charles Sikubwabo is charged by way of his individual and superior responsibility for the massacres at Mubuga Church and massacres in the area of Bisesero. In each massacre, the indictment claims that thousands of Tutsi men, women and children were killed, with Sikubwabo directing members of the communal police and Interahamwe to attack the church and other areas where refugees had gathered.

Charles Sikubwabo is also charged with participating in the killings himself. He is charged with genocide, murder, extermination and other inhumane acts (crimes against humanity) as well as war crimes.

After the genocide halted, Sikubwabo fled Rwanda, with the indictment suggesting that he may be residing in the DRC. Charles Sikubwabo remains at large, with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

 

 

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