Genocide fugitive Jean Twagiramungu on Thursday arrived at Kigali International Airport after a court in Germany gave the green light for his extradition to Rwanda, two years after he was arrested.
Twagiramungu is accused of crimes of genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity, which he allegedly committed in the former Gikongoro Prefecture.
Upon arrival at the airport, Twagiramungu was served with a new arrest warrant, given a lawyer in accordance with the relevant legal provisions and his rights read out before judicial police officers started questioning him.
His arrival was witnessed by the Commissioner of Interpol at the Rwanda National Police, assistant commissioner of police Peter Karake, along with the Head of the Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit, John Bosco Siboyintore and the spokesman of the prosecution, Faustin Nkusi.
Karake applauded he efforts of all stakeholders that facilitated the process.
“It’s a matter of time before the long arm of the law eventually catches up with every genocide fugitive just like it has happened to Twagiramungu. We will not give up until we have the last fugitive,” he said
According to Nkusi, Twagiramungu is accused of participating in the mass killings and extermination of Tutsis in the Rukondo and Karama communes in Gikongoro prefecture.
A former teacher, Twagiramungu is precisely accused of having s brandished traditional arms including machetes everywhere he went. He was seen with them at various roadblocks where Tutsis were killed.
This is the first Genocide fugitive to be extradited from Germany, but in 2014 a German court there handed a 14-year jail sentence to Onesphore Rwabukombe, a former district mayor, after he was convicted of a role in the Genocide against the Tutsis.
Germany has also tried and convicted two leaders of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an outfit largely made up of Genocide perpetrators that is based in the DR Congo. They are Ignace Murwanashyaka, the militia group’s founding president and his deputy, Straton Musoni, who were convicted for war crimes and sentenced to 13 and eight years, respectively.
Rwanda has sent out 845 indictments for suspected genocide perpetrators living abroad, but only 17 of them have so far been extradited or deported.