Norway to extradite another genocide suspect
A court in Norway has ruled on the extradition of Eugene Nkuranyabahizi and subsequent trial on charges of his role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Nkuranyabahizi, former teacher in Southern Province, is alleged to have committed genocide crimes in areas of Nkakwa, Kibangu, Cyahinda and Kanyaru river area in the former Commune Nyakizu, current Huye District.
The district court of Stavanger in southwest Norway said that Nkuranyabahizi‘s extradition was based on “reasonable grounds” and that Rwanda would offer him a fair trial with respect of his human rights.
The extradition comes at a time when Rwanda is holding the 20th Genocide commemoration which was preceded by an international conference on Gencide – in which experts said that the international community needs to act on the issue of bring to justice genocide suspects at large.
Rwanda’s Justice Minister, Johnston Busingye called for cooperation in arresting and bringing the suspects to justice; saying that Rwanda will not rest but continue searching for suspects with the support of everyone.
“If these suspects cannot be sent to Rwanda, then at least let their host countries do something. Arrest them and try them in their justice systems” Busingye said during the conference.
Eugene Nkuranyabahizi, 41, was arrested in Norway in May last year but has lived in the country since 1999. Rwanda, through National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) filed an extradition request in August 2013.
Nkuranyabahizi was working as a teacher and was a member of the MDR-power political party during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi period. He is accused of working with Interahamwe militia to murder Tutsis that were attempting to cross border to Burundi.
Last year Norway extradited Charles Bandora to Rwanda to stand trial for his alleged role in the genocide.
A court in Oslo also gave the highest possible prison sentence of 21 years to another Rwandan, Sadi Bugingo, after he was found guilty of taking part in the slaughter of more than a thousand Tutsis in his home country.