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Rwanda welcomes Belgium court order denying fugitive nationality

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Brussels, Belgium – The court of appeal in Brussels has rejected the request for nationality made by Séraphin Rwabukumba, brother-in-law of Rwanda’s late president Juvénal Habyrimana, an official statement said on Wednesday.

 Following a report made by the Belgian intelligence services, the prosecution in Brussels has prepared a case against Rwabukumba for war crimes linked to the Rwandan genocide, says a statement issued by the Belgian judicial service.

Rwanda’s prosecution spokesman Alain Mukuralinda, welcomed the move saying that Belgium government has got full information on Rwabukumba.

“We have Rwabukumba, on our list of Genocide masterminds. He’s mentioned also in Valelie’ Bemeriki dossier, and We have specific dossier on his involvement in 1994 genocide against the Tutsi,” Mukuralinda told Great Lakes Voice in an interview.

If he is indicted at the end of the procedure, Mr Rwabukumba will be tried in Belgium in accordance with universal competence law which allows courts to try such cases in Belgium.
However, Mukuralinda pointed out the possibility of Rwanda’s request for Rwabukumba to be extradited to the country to face justice in Rwanda.
In the past, three Rwandan women, originally from Butaré who were prosecuted for their participation in the genocide, were given heavy sentences by the criminal court of Brussels.

After serving their sentences, people without Belgian nationality will be expelled from Belgium, either to their countries of origin or to another country.

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