Mbarushimana hits at prosecution, goes silent
Genocide suspect Emmanuel Mbarushimana went silent and accused the prosecution for ‘unfair’ treatment during his trial held at Nyarugunga Primary Court, in Nyarugenge district, on august 13, 2014.
While in the dock, Mbarushimana looked surprised while he stared at the prosecution, whom he also accused for sitting during the trial while he is left standing for long.
“Even during the previous hearings, I was standing throughout while the prosecutor was allowed to sit. I consider both myself and prosecution as invited guests to this court so we should be accorded equal treatment,” Mbarushimana said.
The suspect also remained silent about his charges in which he is accused of masterminding the killing of thousands of Tutsi who had sought refuge at Kabuye Hill in the former communes of Muganza and Ndora, in the current Gisagara District.
In the court hearing, which spent less than 30 minutes, prosecution asked court to deny the suspect bail and remand him on grounds that there was no guarantee he would not flee the country.
Court Judge Alexis Ndahigwa upheld the prosecution request and remanded the suspect for a month to allow prosecution to complete investigations into the charges against him.
Mbarushimana’s case has been postponed twice by the same court on grounds that he could not choose any of the lawyers availed to him by prosecution, saying they did not have the requisite capacity to represent him.
The suspect was granted asylum under the false name of Emmanuel Kunda, and had been living in Denmark since 2001. He was deported to Rwanda from Denmark in July, 2014.
Mbarushimana is the second Genocide suspect to be sent to Rwanda from Scandinavian countries after Charles Bandora, who was transferred from Norway in May 2013.