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Paris Court of Appeal endorses decision to bring Bucyibaruta Laurent to book

By IGIHE
On 23 January 2021 at 11:48

Paris Court of Appeal has endorsed the ruling to try Bucyibaruta Laurent, suspected of role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The resolution follows the investigation carried out in 2018 where judges confirmed that Bucyiruta has to be tried for genocide crimes perpetrated in Gikongoro Prefecture which he was leading.

At the time, his defense lawyer, Ghislain Mabonga Monga told AFP that his client appealed against the decision. However, Paris Court of Appeal on Thursday retained the decision to try the suspect.

Bucyibaruta Laurent was born in Musange in 1944. He was the leader of former Gikongoro Prefecture from 4th July 1992 until July 1994.

He is accused of being among prime suspects who prepared and executed Tutsi killings in former Gikongoro Prefecture.

In 1997, he fled to France where is has been living up to date. France has been accused of granting refuge to genocide perpetrators roaming freely without facing justice or delay court cases for some suspects.

In 2000, organizations umbrella of genocide survivors and human rights activists submitted a request to bring Bucyibaruta to book for role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi which had not yet been done prior to the decision.


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