Malawi has extradited genocide suspect Vincent Murekezi to Rwanda. Murekezi who had been in custody in Malawi since 2016 arrived at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda this morning where Malawian prison authorities handed him over to the Rwanda Correction Service (RCS), a local Malawian magazine reports.
Malawian Nyassa Times reports that the Rwandan, Murekezi, is wanted to serve a jail sentence for the role he played in the bloody 1994 genocide for which he was tried in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment. He fled to Malawi in 2003.
In Rwanda, Murekezi is expected to be prosecuted for genocide-related crimes. In Malawi, the Rwandan national was serving a five-year jail term for corruption and his extradition has been made possible by a prisoner exchange agreement signed between RCS and Malawi Prison Services, the Rwandan News-Times reports.
This Rwandan magazine says that Murekezi faces genocidal charges. Murekezi was arrested in December 2016 following an international arrest warrant issued by Rwandan prosecution to their Malawian counterparts.
“NPPA will ensure that the rest of criminal procedures with regard to the crime of genocide and crimes against humanity of which Murekezi Vincent stands accused, follow the due process of law,” National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) said.
Malawi and Rwanda signed an extradition treaty in February 2017 and Murekezi is the first fugitive to be extradited from Malawi under the agreement.
The Rwandan, who was a businessman in Malawi, is accused of participating in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi mainly in Tumba in the current Huye District and was tried in absentia and handed a life sentence by a Gacaca court.
He is however under the Rwandan laws allowed to seek a retrial in the ordinary courts.
According to Nyassa Times, Vincent Karekezi was a wealthy businessman, and has been living in Malawi for over 15 years and acquired the Malawian citizenship in 2003.
According to Rwandan media, Murekezi is among at least a dozen indicted genocide fugitives said to be living in Malawi.
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