Rwanda and Congo Brazzaville have agreed to exchange criminal suspects and convicts.
The agreement between the two countries was signed in November 9th 2013, but the laws governing the process stipulate that the exchange must first be approved by the parliaments from both counties. Rwandan parliament approved the agreement.
Rwandan Chief Prosecutor, Jean Bosco Mutangana, said that approving the agreement is fundamental, which is a precursor to legal collaboration, most especially in countering criminals.
“Within the last ten years, we sent requests to Congo to extradite 15 suspects. We are optimistic that this agreement will speed up the process.” He added that the requested extraditions are suspects of having had a role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The Minister of State for Constitutional Affairs in the Ministry of Justice Evode Uwizeyimana, said the treaty will expedite extraditing Genocide suspects who are in Congo Brazzaville.
According to Ministry of Disaster Management and Refuge Affairs, there are over 10,000 Rwandans in Congo.
Congo arrested two genocide suspects who are; Jean-Baptiste Gatete the former Bourgmestre of former Byumba and Ildephonse Hategekimana, the former soldier in the Ex-FAR. They were subsequently given a life sentence.