Hearing of Kabuga’s perpetration of genocide commences in Paris

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 19 May 2020 at 02:11

A Paris court on Tuesday will hear for the first time Kabuga Félicien, who is being prosecuted for his role in the Genocide against the Tutsi. Court will decide whether he will be tried in Arusha in Tanzania or extradited to The Hague in the Netherlands

The defense French lawyer Emmanuel Altit, said his client would appear in court on Tuesday.

Altit is a longtime lawyer in the profession, defending former President Côte d’Ivoire’s Laurent Gbagbo on charges of war crimes.

Richard Gisagara, who lives in France and is currently defending the survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi, told IGIHE that although Kabuga is appearing in court, it is very likely that a decision will not be made immediately.

The court shall notify him of the charges, and the complaint shall be submitted to the judges who shall hear his transfer within eight days.

They will decide whether Kabuga will be sent to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha. While Kabuga appeals to their decision, the complaint will be referred to the court of Cessation.

84-year-old Félicien Kabuga is considered a major perpetrator of the genocide, where in November 1993, his company Kabuga imported 25 tons of pangas from China, then in March 1994, he bought another 50,000 pangas. They are the weapons used in killing Tutsis during the Genocide.

In addition to being accused of being one of the founders of RTLM radio, he was instrumental in sowing hatred before and during the Genocide.

A Paris court on Tuesday will hear for the first time Kabuga Félicien, who is being prosecuted for his role in the Genocide against the Tutsi.
The defense French lawyer Emmanuel Altit, said his client would appear in court on Tuesday.
Court will decide whether he will be tried in Arusha in Tanzania or extradited to The Hague in the Netherlands

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