The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Wednesday handed over to Rwanda the files of genocide fugitives Charles Ryandikayo and Aloys Ndimbati for trial in domestic courts.
Ndimbati, former mayor of then Gisovu commune, Kibuye prefecture in west of Rwanda, is charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity for murder, extermination, rape and persecution while Ryandikayo, who was a businessman in the same prefecture, is charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
During the handover ceremony, James Arguin, the ICTR chief of appeals and legal advisory division, said that the two files handed over are part of eight cases that the tribunal has to hand over to Rwanda.
So far, six cases have been transferred to Rwanda while the remaining two are in appeal, he mentioned.
Arguin also noted that the international community will continue to collaborate with Rwanda in tracking the remaining genocide fugitives so that they can be tried.
“Transfer of the two files doesn’t mark the end of the collaboration with Rwanda; we will continue to assist to track and apprehend these fugitives,” he said.
In this regard, he mentioned that international arrest warrants that have been issued and he called upon the international community to collaborate so that these fugitives get apprehended and taken to Rwanda for trial.
Martin Ngoga, the prosecutor general, reiterated the commitment that Rwanda has made to handle the cases according to the international standards. “We will not disappoint the international community that has trusted us to try these cases,” said Ngoga.
For the prosecutor general, the cases transferred from ICTR should serve as a bigger purpose for the entire international community to step up efforts in apprehending the fugitives hiding across the world. “These cases should serve as a reminder to other countries that are reluctant to send fugitives (for trial) that they should not distrust our capacities to handle Genocide cases,” he pointed out.
The ICTR has already sent other files to Rwanda including the ones of Pastor Jean Uwinkindi, whose case is pending before Rwandan judiciary and Fulgence Kayishema and Charles Sikubwabo, both fugitives, who were communal officials in Kibuye prefecture.
The case of Lt Col Pheneas Munyarugarama, ex-commander of Gako Camp in Kanzenze commune located in Bugesera district, would have been transferred but got blocked as it was subjected to appeal at the international residual mechanism against the transfer.
Source: allafrica. com