EAC prosecutors called upon to bring genocide suspects to book

On 28 September 2017 at 10:09

The Prosecutor General, Jean Bosco Mutangana has called upon his East African Community (EAC) counterparts to take into account arrest warrants that Rwanda has issued to bring to book the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi suspects still hiding in their countries.

All five EAC countries’ prosecutor generals are in Kigali for a yearly meeting where
Mutangana reminded them that Rwanda still has a problem of Genocide suspects still at large, many of who are in the EAC countries.

“They are many suspects especially in Uganda and Kenya. These countries differ from European countries that have every individual’s identity on their land, it is easy to be tracked and arrested from there. But in our region, a person moves from one country to another without travel documents,” he said.

According to Mutangana, the meeting is an opportunity to remind and request the top justice officials in EAC to extradite genocide suspects and face justice.

“We remind them to extradite the suspects t o Rwanda or prosecute them in the host countries. After this meeting, we hope that something will be done, it might be not done today or tomorrow, but something will have to be done,” he said.

The vice-prosecutor general in Tanzania, Ayub Mwenda said that his country is ready to arrest any suspected perpetrator.

“We usually extradite suspects to face justice in their countries or we take them to our courts,” he said.

The Rwanda’s prosecution has sent 600 arrest warrants for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi suspects in 32 countries from Africa, Europe, North-America, Canada and New Zealand.

The Prosecutor General, Jean Bosco Mutangana