Genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda: Eugène Rwamucyo sent to the Paris Assize Court - Jeune Afrique

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French examining magistrates have ordered the referral to the Paris Assize Court of Rwandan doctor Eugène Rwamucyo for "genocide" and "crime against humanity".

This 61-year-old man, who now resides in Belgium, is also sent back for "complicity" and "criminal association with a view to the preparation of these crimes" committed between April and July 1994 in Rwanda, a period during which the killings were almost 800 deaths, mainly among the Tutsi minority.

"My client formally disputes the accusations," responded his lawyer, Me Philippe Meilhac, who announced that he wanted to appeal the order. "If, however, a trial should be held, Eugène Rwamucyo will face it with serenity", he added. It was following a complaint against Eugène Rwamucyo filed in particular by the Collective of Civil Parties for Rwanda (CPCR) that an investigation was opened in 2007 in Lille (North), then moved to Paris the following year .

Rwamucyo is notably accused of having participated in meetings of genocidal officials in Butare (southern Rwanda) in 1994, including one under the aegis of the then Prime Minister, Jean Kambanda, sentenced to life imprisonment by the Tribunal. International Criminal Justice for Rwanda (ICTR).

He is also suspected of having directed the mass burial operations of the bodies of Tutsi civilians during the massacres committed between April and July 1994, and ordered the completion and burial of survivors, according to elements of the order of the judges.

"My client was a medical officer in the Butare region and as such, he was responsible for the burial of the bodies," Meilhac explained. "Now, he is accused of having taken advantage of this essential mission to attack survivors," he regretted.

Sentenced in absentia

Eugène Rwamucyo was sentenced in absentia in 2007 in Rwanda to life imprisonment. A doctor at Maubeuge hospital (North), he was suspended in October 2009 when the management of the establishment learned that he was the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by Kigali. He was then fired.

Pursuant to this mandate, Rwamucyo was finally arrested in May 2010 in Sannois (Paris region) when he had just attended the funeral of Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, co-founder of Radio-television Libre des Mille Collines, infamous for having propagated calls for the extermination of the Tutsi. The Versailles Court of Appeal, however, opposed his extradition in September 2010, ordering his release..

He was indicted for the first time in 2013 for "participation in an agreement to commit the crime of genocide", then in 2018 for "genocide" and "crimes against humanity", and placed under judicial control, with ban on leaving the Schengen area.

While waiting for Rwamucyo's case to be decided, another trial will open before the Paris Assizes in February 2021, that of Claude Muhayimana, former driver of the Kibuye region accused of "complicity by aid and assistance" war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This article appeared first on utm_source = young Africa & utm_medium = rss-feed & utm_campaign = rss-feed-young-africa-15-05-2018

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