Rwanda blames European justice system over delay to extradite genocide perpetrators
Written by: Administrator
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019, 6:30
Rwandan leader Paul Kagame during yesterday’s press conference in Kigali questioned the credibility of the justice systems of some European nations that have demonstrated less cooperation in bringing to justice hundreds of genocide perpetrators living there. The presser came a day after Rwanda had started commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
“When indictments were issued and we expected nations to extradite the perpetrators. We applaud nations that have extradited genocide perpetrators for the step taken in the right direction of justice,” said Kagame.
“But, when they preach democracy and good systems in their nations, the justice system I think should be included, it leaves a judgment as to whether this is the truth they tell us,” he added.
Only 22 out of 1,000 perpetrators indicted since 2008 have been extradited to Rwanda according to records made public by Rwanda’s prosecution last December.
Kagame, however, extended gratitude to French President Emmanuel Macron for his initiative in addressing the standoff in the diplomatic relations between France and Rwanda that is traced to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, where Rwanda repeatedly accuses France of complicity in the genocide. France had always denied the accusations.
President Kagame said that since his counterpart Emmanuel Macron started his term, there’s great improvement in the relations though more is still expected. He said that Rwanda has repeatedly stated its position but they cannot force France to act against its will, and an apology for crimes committed in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi should be a result of remorse.
“President Macron’s term of office, even in a complicated environment of politics, there has been very significant progress, including the way the archives are being treated because they contain the truth that people can interpret,” he said.
“People have asked us if what we need from France is an apology, our answer is no. You can’t ask people to apologise or tell them how to apologise. That kills the meaning of an apology and an apology to have meaning it must come from the person who offended you - they should write the wrongs they agree the inflicted on other people. It’s up to them” Kagame said.
“There are conversations underway on how we can improve relations and France is making good steps related to its partnership with Africa, all has started with President Macron,” he added.