Trial of Genocide suspect, Neretse to begin in Belgium

By IGIHE
On 4 November 2019 at 03:29

The Court of Assizes based in Belgium is set to start the trial of genocide suspect, Fabien Neretse, 71, accused of taking role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
It will be the 5th case handled in Belgium.

The jury of citizens to partner with judges during the trial of Neretse will be selected today afternoon. He faces 13 murder charges and 3 charges of attempted murder during the Genocide.

Neretse trial will begin on Thursday as reported by Soir, Belgium-based media house.
Neretse, currently living in France will provide his defense beginning Thursday and expected to last long due to a large number of witnesses.

Fabien Neretse was born in Ruhengeri, Rwanda, in 1957. Influential businessman and bureaucrat during the regime of Juvenal Habyarimana, Neretse was from 1989 to 1991, the Head of the Rwandan Authority for Coffee (OCIR-Café), a governmental agency then in charge of the coffee exports. He is a former Lieutenant in the former Rwandan Armed Forces (ex-FAR), at the rank of Lieutenant.

According to the charges, Neretse is one of the founders of the Interahamwe, the pro-Hutu militia which was involved in the massacres in Rwanda. It is said he would provide them with weapons, means of transportation and money to finance the genocide.

He is said to have directly participated in the genocide campaign, particularly in the planning of the massacres committed on the Mataba hill, and inactions perpetrated in the provinces of Ruhengeri, Gisenyi, and Ndiza.

Neretse is also suspected of having rounded several Tutsi families trying to escape from Rwanda in the early days of the genocide and executed under his watch.

He is in particular accused of having caused the death of a Belgian national, Claire Beckers, who on 9 April 1994 was trying to escape from Kigali with her husband Isaïe Bucyana and her daughter Katia. Upon information allegedly provided by Neretse, the Belgian-Rwandan family was arrested at a roadblock and summarily executed.

At the end of the genocide, Neretse fled to France where, in order not to be recognized, he used a fake name. He settled in Angouleme, where he lived quietly as Fabien Nsabimana until 2011 when he was arrested.

The Court of Assizes based in Belgium is set to start the trial of genocide suspect, Fabien Neretse, 71, accused of taking role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

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