Genocide suspect, Jean Paul Micomyiza deported to Rwanda

On 27 April 2022 at 07:52

The National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) has received a Genocide suspect identified as Jean Paul Micomyiza deported from Sweden to face justice in Rwanda.

The plane carrying the suspect popularly known as Mico landed at Kigali International Airport in the morning of 27th April 2022 at 6:30.

Micomyiza was born in 1975 in Agasengasenge Cell, Cyarwasumo Sector of Huye District in Southern Province. During the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the suspect lived in Tumba Sector and was a level 2 student at the former National University of Rwanda in the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

As NPPA has revealed, Micomyiza was a member of ‘Comité de crise’ at the university whose mission was to search and identify Tutsi civilians to be killed.

NPPA has through a statement shared via Twitter handle commended Judicial Authorities of the Kingdom of Sweden for the extradition of the Genocide fugitive, continued cooperation and mutual legal assistance, as well as contribution to ’the global effort to fight impunity’.

Rwanda requested for the deportation of the suspect in 2020 to face justice for his role in Genocide against Tutsi.

His defense lawyers including Thomas Bodström and Hanna Larsson Rampe had tampered with the extradition claiming that Rwanda’s judiciary is incompetent.

The suspect lived in Gothenburg City in Sweden for 15 years. He was denied nationality for having the status of a politician.

Micomyiza was arrested following Rwanda’s request to extradite him for his role in the Genocide.

He is facing charges including role in crimes of Genocide, complicity in Genocide and crimes against humanity.

Sweden accommodates three Genocide fugitives who were handed life sentence.

These include Théodore Rukeratabaro sentenced in 2018, Claver Berinkindi convicted in 2017 and Stanisilas Mbanenande sentenced in 2013.

Mico arrived in Rwanda in the morning of Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 6:30.
Mico was informed about alleged crimes as he arrived in Rwanda.
The Genocide suspect was handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau upon arrival.
Genocide suspect, Jean Paul Micomyiza has been deported to Rwanda from Sweden.