CNLG lauds Belgian justice for prosecuting genocide suspects
Written by: Administrator
Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, 17:59
On 19 September 2017, the Court of First Instance of Brussels in Belgium decided to try three Rwandans prosecuted for genocide in a case which involves four accused: Mathias Bushishi, Captain Ildephonse Nizeyimana, Colonel Jean-Marie Vianney Ndahimana and Thaddée Kwitonda.
The decision follows a request from the Belgian Prosecutor’s Office for a procedural settlement following an investigation by the Belgian investigating judge.
The CNLG congratulated the Belgian justice for its role in the fight against impunity and called on other countries to try genocide suspects or to extradite them to Rwanda in accordance with resolution 2150 (2014) of the UN Security Council.
The resolution says “it is notoriously known that between 6th April and 17th July 1994 a genocide was committed in Rwanda against the Tutsi ethnic group; Emphasizes the importance of drawing lessons from the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda; Condemns unreservedly any denial of this genocide, and calls upon States to investigate the facts, to arrest, prosecute or extradite, in pursuance of their international obligations in this matter, all other fugitives accused of genocide who reside on their territories, including the leaders of the FDLR militia”.
Mathias Bushishi, 77, a former state prosecutor in Butare prefecture, is accused of genocide and war crimes, including participation in a restricted security council on 31 May 1994 in the MRND palace in Butare. The council was aimed to prepare the genocide in Butare and to elaborate lists of Tutsi to be killed.
Mathias Bushishi had a coordination role in the genocide in Butare. He was involved in killings at the Huye Stadium, at the logistics of the Catholic Diocese of Butare, and in three other villages, including Kabakobwa.
For instance, on 25 April 1994, cars with loudspeakers crossed the roads of Butare, announcing that the Red Cross had moved to the Huye stadium to provide food and hideout for the population. Thousands of Tutsi went there. It was a trap. The refugees were massacred by the militia and the military.
Wanted by Interpol since 2002, Bushishi was arrested on 18 April 2011 following an arrest warrant issued by a Belgian judge. He was detained in Belgium until 17 February 2012 when he was released on bail.
Belgian justice has already tried eight Rwandans involved in the Genocide committed against the Tutsi in 1994: Alphonse Higaniro who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in 2001, Sister Consolate Mukangango and Sister Julienne Mukabutera (Sister Kizito) sentenced to 15 years and 12 years in prison in 2001, Vincent Ntezimana sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in 2001, Etienne Nzabonimana sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in 2005, Samuel Ndashyikirwa who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in 2005 , Bernard Ntuyahaga sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in 2007 and Ephrem Nkezabera who had been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment in 2009 and died before his appeal was heard.