CNLG and Ibuka have castigated the decision by the UK Supreme Court of declining to extradite to Rwanda a number of people suspected of having committed genocide crimes during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The court decision has halted the transfer of Emmanuel Nteziryayo Vincent Brown(Bajinya), Charles Munyaneza, Celestin Mutabaruka and Celestin Ugirashebuja, on a pretext that there is no justice in Rwanda.
The Executive Secretary of CNLG, Dr. Jean-Damascène Bizimana, told the Press that such court decision was taken basing on falsehoods , because the justice system in Rwanda is independent and impartial.
He said, “It is a decision which is not in line with an International Criminal Tribunal (ICTR) which was established for Rwanda; most countries including Canada, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United States of America sent the perpetrators back to Rwanda, people who were suspected to have committed Genocide, where their cases were heard from, and now they can see that justice is on international standards.”
He reminded that Canada sent back Dr Léon Mugesera, currently serving a life sentence, for having committed Genocide crimes; Jean Baptiste Mugimba and Jean Bosco Iyamuremye. He also pointed out that U.S.A sent back Prof. Leopold Munyakazi, while
ICTR sent to Rwanda Jean Uwinkindi, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, and Bernard Munyagishari.
He said that if impunity is to be done away with, UK should adhere to international guidelines for hearing Genocide cases, thus extraditing the them to where they committed crimes.
The Executive Secretary of Ibuka, Naphtal Ahishakiye, said that 23 years after the Genocide which was committed against Tutsi, Rwanda has built its institutions, including justice. He said that the UK decision should be taken as a hindrance to justice, and supporting genocidaires.
Celestin Ugirashebuja, born in 1953, is a former Bourgmestre in Kigoma Commune, Gitarama Prefecture, is accused of preparing and implementing Genocide plans.
It is alleged that he issued an order to kill Tutsi, who had been taken to his office at the commune, as well as giving directives to go and hunt Tutsi wherever they could be hiding, thus killing them.
During the second week of April 1994, Ugirashebuja directed an attack to kill Tutsi and raping women. After arriving in exile, he continued hate speech which ferments hatred among Rwandans.
Emmanuel Nteziryayo the former Bourgmestre of Mudasomwa Commune in Gikongoro, is accused of having a role in the preparation and implementation of Genocide.
He lived in the UK, while hiding, using Emmanuel Ndikumana as a pseudo name.
From 2011 until June 2016, through the branch of prosecution responsible for tracking Genocide fugitives, Rwanda prepared and submitted a dossier of 493 genocide suspects in different countries requesting for their extradition and face justice in Rwanda.