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Rwanda continues to protest early release of genocide convicts

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Thursday, June 7th, 2018, 10:43

Rwanda continues to protest the pending decision by the international court to release Hassan Ngeze who has only served a third of his jail sentence of 35 years. Ngeze was the Editor of the infamous newspaper, called Kangura that incited Rwandan Hutus to kill the Tutsis and he is the founder of an extremist Hutu political party whose members were key architects of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi which culminated in the killing of more than one million Tutsi. 


“Ngeze and his fellow defendants have yet to show remorse for their role in the genocide. “To this day, they refuse to recognise it was a genocide against the Tutsi. To this day, they refuse to accept any responsibility for their actions. They are unrepentant violent extremists," said Yolande Makolo, a senior citizen through twitter.


“Hassan Ngeze, editor of Kangura, called for murder of Tutsis, armed the killers & selected individuals to die. He was convicted by ICTR and imprisoned in Mali. Now he has applied for early release & Judge Theodor Meron appears ready to grant it,” she added.


ICTR made three requests that “the authorities of Rwanda file its Additional Responses to the Applications, if any, no later than fourteen (14) days from the filing of this Interim Order. Secondly, Ngeze, Ntawukulilyayo, and Simba shall file a reply, if any, to the Responses and any further information received from Rwanda, no later than twenty-one (21) days after receipt of the Additional Responses and thirdly, that if Rwanda does not file any Additional Responses, Ngeze, Ntawukulilyayo, and Simba shall file a reply, if any, to the Responses, no later than ten (l0)days following the expiration of the deadline for the filing of Additional Responses” said Judge Theodor Meron, of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in a Court statement on May 15th, 2018.


Noting the" Omnibus Response of the Republic of Rwanda on the Requests for Early Release from Aloys Simba, Dominique Ntawukulilyayo and Hassan Ngeze and Request for Extension of Time" submitted by the Ministry of Justice of Rwanda, dated 10 May 2018, and filed by the Mechanism on 11 May 2018,5 wherein Rwanda, inter alia:(i) opposes the early release of Ngeze, Ntawukulilyayo, and Simba; (ii) requests a public hearing on the early release of Ngeze, Ntawukulilyayo, and Simba that "would permit witnesses, including victims, and experts – psychologists and legal scholars - to come forward in a transparent manner"; and (iii) requests to be allowed to make further submissions within the next fourteen (14) days, if more information than what was stated in the Responses is found, and deemed to be in the interests of justice,” reads in parts the statement release by ICTR on May15, 2018.


Rwanda has strongly objected to the request citing the seriousness of the crime of genocide, lack of remorse by the genocide convicts on the part of the convicts and the negative impact their release would have on genocide survivors.


Too, Rwanda, according to the Minister for Justice Johnston Busingye demands for an open hearing on the requests by the convicts.


Rwanda, according to the state media, has “offered to make its case before the Mechanism, and to present expert witnesses, to among others, attest to the continued suffering the early release of Genocide masterminds has brought to the survivors of the genocide.”


“Even today, Hassan Ngeze refuses to recognise the genocide against the Tutsi. After fleeing to Kenya, he continued to publish his anti-Tutsi propaganda in his radical Kangura newspaper (…),” said Kabanda Noel, a local analyst.


Genocide architects that were reportedly released by Judge Meron include: Nahimana Ferdinand, Emmanuel Rukundo, Col. Alphonse Nteziryayo, Dr. Ntakirutimana Gerald, Cpt. Innocent Sagahutu, Paul Bisengimana, Omar Serushago. Col. Tharcise Muvunyi, Juvenal Rugambarara and Michel Bagaragaza


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