Genocide suspect, Seyoboka hearing postponed

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 28 November 2016 saa 07:25
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The military tribunal based in Nyamirambo has stayed a pre-trial hearing of 2nd Lieutenant Henry Jean Bosco Seyoboka in a case where he is accused of committing genocide. The accused who had no defense lawyer prayed to court for adjournment to enable him confer first with his lawyer Albert Ngirabatware.

Seyoboka was deported from Canada on 17th November 2016 to face trial in Rwanda where he is accused of having committed heinous crimes during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, when he was a second lieutenant in the genocidal army (Ex-FAR) and lived in Kiyovu area in Nyarugenge District.

As the pre-trial hearing started this morning, the tribunal presided over by Maj. Muhigirwa Gerard asked the accused to identify himself which he did adding he was a resident of Quebec, Canada, where he runs business but hastely told court that he could not talk more without his defense lawyer.

His request was granted by the court citing the accused constitutional rights.

Seyoboka’s lawyer, Albert Ngirabatware’s known telephone number could not be reached before adjournment as it was switched off. The case will be due for hearing on 1st December 2016.

Seyoboka is alleged to have committed genocide crimes of extermination, murder and conspiracy to commit genocide in 1994 in Kiyovu by organizing meetings that prepared and mobilized people to commit genocide especially the meeting of 21st April 1994 that organized a raid in which many Tutsi that had fled to Centre d’Etudes des Langues Africaines (CELA) were killed.

The pursue of Seyoboka started in 1998 after a witness at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) accused him of having killed a neighbor, wife and two children during the genocide after the woman refused to have sexual intercourse with him at a road block.

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Lieutenant Henry Jean Bosco Seyoboka in court