Genocide convict, Marie-Claire Mukeshimana heads to jail


United States authorities Wednesday handed over to Rwandan police a woman convicted in absentia by a gacaca court for her role in the 1994 genocide.

Marie-Claire Mukeshimana,43, arrived at Kigali international airport on Wednesday. She was sentenced to 19 years in jail in 2009 for “complicity in the killing of several children who had sought refuge at a convent in Save (Southern Rwanda)”.

After working for World Vision in Kigali until 2005, she had left the country. According to US officials, she tried to enter the country in 2010 at Detroit airport. However, she was denied entry and remained in custody since then.

Mukeshimana is the second Rwandan genocide convict to be returned to Kigali this year by US authorities.

The first one, Jean Marie Vianney Mudaheranwa, was brought back in January.

Source:, Hirondelle News Agency (Lausanne)



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